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Region 1 catching up on DVD access


As often reported, the UK and more recently Australia lead the world in audio described DVDs. In January statistics, audio described new release rental titles in Australia reached 24%, which is comparable to UK levels. 

Set to join us in the foreseeable future is Region 1, which consists of Canada, the USA and USA territories. Historically, Region 1 has been lucky to receive five audio described releases per year. But as a reaction to consistent consumer demand, some major DVD distributors have committed to releasing their audio described theatrical releases to DVD with the description soundtrack included. In 2009, 10 titles were release with audio description, mostly towards the end of the year. 2010 will undoubtedly break records for Region 1 audio described DVD fans. 

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DVD distributors confirm their commitment to access


The Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (AVSDA), representing the home entertainment film and TV industry, has announced that all major film distributors and some smaller Australian independents have committed to making audio description and captions available on the majority of theatrical films when released on DVD.

The distributors making this commitment include Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Hopscotch Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Roadshow Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth-Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Video and Warner Home Video.

These distribution companies have committed to ensuring that the majority of theatrical films released to standard definition DVD will contain both audio description and English captioning or subtitles.  (A theatrical film is a film that is shown in cinemas.)


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