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US access group calls for end to caption exemptions


The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging that television be fully captioned.

According to the website, while captioning on the main US channels is at or close to 100%, the FCC’s caption regulations still include some types of programming which are exempt.

COAT is arguing that captioning has become easier and less expensive in recent years, and these exemptions should be eliminated. They include:

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Caption levels on the new commercial digital channels


Media Access Australia recently conducted a survey of captioning on the commercial digital multichannels (7Mate, 7Two, GO!, Gem, Eleven and One HD), showing levels of total captioning, first run programs captioned and programs migrated to digital multichannels without captions.

Under the Government’s rules, these channels are exempt from the captioning requirements that cover the primary channels. The only programs which must be captioned on them are those which were previously screened on the same network’s primary channel with captions. The survey shows that, in general, the commercial multichannels are only captioning the bare minimum they are obliged to do.

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New Zealand audio description trial begins today


The trial of audio description on New Zealand television begins today with an episode of the long-running British soap Coronation Street.

The program, which airs on TVNZ, was selected to be the first to be audio described by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand.

It is planned that the audio description of Coronation Street will continue until the end of the year. The success of the service will then be evaluated, and it is expected that more programs will follow. The service can be received on Freeview HD and Freeview Satellite TV receivers, and has been funded by a grant of NZ$500 from NZ on Air.

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Teletext TVs


  • Watch TV with captions
  • Captions all have standard display format


  • A standard VCR cannot record captions off a teletext TV
  • A DVD-R cannot record captions off a teletext TV
  • Captions are prone to reception problems
  • Teletext televisions will no longer receive a signal once analog is switched off in your area (due to happen between 2010 and 2013) unless connected to a digital set-top box.

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