SBS adds captions to catch-up TV

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012 17:02pm

Captions are now available for all non-live programs on SBS’s On Demand service. This makes it the second Australian ‘catch-up TV’ service to have captions after the ABC’s iView, which introduced captioning in 2010.

SBS has developed a system which automatically reformats television captions for use on online players and platforms. Now that the system is in place, no further human input is needed in the process, and there are no ongoing operational costs. SBS hopes to extend the process to live programs by the end of this month, and to provide captions to third party platforms where they are supported.

Programs are generally available on SBS On Demand for 7 to 30 days after broadcast. Captions can be activated by clicking the ‘CC’ button on the video player’s control panel. (Note, the ‘CC’ button will only appear after the advertisement at the start of the program has finished playing).

For more information on levels of captioning on catch-up TV in Australia and other countries, see our catch-up TV page.

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