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September 2015
Date Published News headline and description
29 September 2015 iTunes Australia offering audio described movies
There has been a quiet, small development in the availability of audio described movies from Apple iTunes in Australia.
28 September 2015 Japan trials live captioning system
Kyoto University in Japan is trailing a new live captioning system for use in academic conferences, using an automatic speech recognition system to...
23 September 2015 Japan ramps up cinema access
New laws in Japan designed to remove discrimination against people with disabilities will take effect from April 2016. One area that will benefit is...
21 September 2015 New research looks at caption speed
A long-standing issue for caption watchers and producers is how fast should captions be? Some people have problems reading the captions if they...
17 September 2015 Q&A with award winning accessible game developer and author Quentin Christensen
Media Access Australia spoke with Quentin Christensen, accessibility advocate, indie developer, winner of the ACCAN Apps for All Challenge in...
16 September 2015 The future of live captioning
Will machines take over the captioning world and automatically provide perfect captions on live programs, events, meetings and the classroom? Or are...
15 September 2015 Audio description trialled on Thai TV
Audio description has reached television in Thailand, with a trial of the service commencing on the Thai PBS channel earlier this year.
14 September 2015 Britain’s first Captioning Awareness Week
Stagetext, a charitable organisation that provides captioning for theatrical performances, art galleries, museums and other arts venues, is holding a...
11 September 2015 CAP THAT! recap
In June 2015, we launched our annual CAP THAT! campaign with a simple message: turn the captions on when watching video content in class. This year...
10 September 2015 Apple TV, iPhone and iPad lineup offers both accessibility benefits and challenges
The new range of Apple products has been announced with upgrades of many of them including new iPhones, an iPad with a larger screen, and a...
09 September 2015 European group looks at the accessibility possibilities of HbbTV
HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) is a digital platform which provides seamless integration of traditional broadcast TV and content delivered...
09 September 2015 Audio description on TV campaign launched
A campaign calling for a permanent audio description service on Australian television was launched at Parliament House in Canberra on 8 September...
07 September 2015 US cable company launches talking TV guide
The cable television company Comcast has added a ‘talking guide’ to its new X1 set-top box, allowing blind and vision impaired viewers to easily find...
03 September 2015 Affordable access opportunities for Australia
At the ACCAN National Conference on 2 September, Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley joined a panel to discuss challenges for the...
02 September 2015 UK catch-up TV service ramps up audio description
UK television network ITV has announced an increase in the amount of programming available with audio description on its ITV Player service for...
August 2015
Date Published News headline and description
26 August 2015 Audio description – three ways
Audio description for television, streaming video and cultural events is a major conversation topic among access advocates for people who are blind...
26 August 2015 Several hundred million reasons captions boost literacy
The use of captions to help with literacy is supported by a range of studies and approaches. As we approach National Literacy and Numeracy Week and...
25 August 2015 NVDA screen reader 2015.3 update released
NV Access has released the latest update of its NVDA screen reader for Microsoft Windows, adding introductory support for Windows 10, improvements...
25 August 2015 Dr Scott Hollier talks affordable access at ACCAN 2015 National Conference
Media Access Australia’s Dr Scott Hollier will be presenting at next week’s Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) National...
21 August 2015 ACMA to host a conversation on live captioning
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is holding a one-day event on 15 September, Live captioning: let’s talk, that will provide...

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