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New caption quality rules take effect in the US

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced new quality rules for closed captions on television which come into effect in the US on 16 March 2015.

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Irish regulator announces new TV access targets

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced new targets for captioning, audio description and signing on television for 2015-2018.

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Don’t make consumers the TV access police

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Media Access Australia is concerned that the proposed approach to reforming captioning regulation is going too far in shifting responsibility towards consumers.

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Consultation paper provides opportunity to comment on TV captioning regulations

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The Federal Government today released a consultation paper which proposes a number of changes to the regulations governing free-to-air television. The consultation process provides an opportunity for consumers to comment on current captioning regulations, and the fact that multi-channels such as Gem, 7Two, Eleven, ABC2 and SBS2 remain exempt from the captioning requirements that apply to primary channels.

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TV & Video highlights of 2014: Captions on Plus7

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In April, the Seven Network’s Plus7 became the first commercial TV catch-up service in Australia to provide closed captions on its major programs.

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AMI launches audio described French-language channel

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The Canadian accessibility company Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has launched AMI-télé, the world's first French-language channel to present its entire schedule with open audio description.

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According to AMI, the service, primarily intended for the blind or partially sighted, will provide general content in French via satellite and cable companies to their subscribers.


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Senate caption inquiry posts submissions

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Submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations have now been posted on the committee’s website.

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The proposed amendments, which were introduced into parliament in October, include:


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US cable company introduces talking TV guides

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Comcast, one of the largest cable TV suppliers in America, has introduced the industry’s first ‘voice enabled television interface’, allowing blind and vision impaired customers to easily navigate through program guides and other features.

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Discovery Kids on Foxtel – learning and access all in one

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Engaging educational TV that is 100% captioned is a boon for students with diverse learning needs. Discovery Kids on FOXTEL, launched last week, delivers on the promise of accessibility and fun educational programming for children.

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Government postpones changes to captioning regulations

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After lobbying from consumer groups, the Government has referred to a Senate committee a bill which would change captioning requirements for broadcasters and subscription TV providers.

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