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April 2015
Date Published News headline and description
27 April 2015 Why does Netflix’s accessible offering hit Presto and Stan for six?
Barely a moment after we were celebrating the launch of ABC’s long-awaited audio description service on the popular iview player video on demand (VOD...
27 April 2015 Digital Transformation Office updates guidance on Digital Service Standard
The Digital Transformation Office (DTO), the new body created to manage the improved design of online government services, has provided updated...
24 April 2015 Apple Watch accessibility features
With Apple’s new watch becoming officially available, Media Access Australia has put together a round-up of all the accessibility features of the new...
23 April 2015 What are the most accessible video-on-demand services?
With consumers increasingly turning to their computers and mobile devices to watch TV programs and movies, the accessibility of video-on-demand...
22 April 2015 Hong Kong honours accessible websites and apps
The Government of Hong Kong has once again recognised the efforts of web developers and designers in creating websites and mobile apps that are...
22 April 2015 AD 2020 – what will happen to audio description in the next 5 years?
Predicting the future beyond the next year or two is a risky business, even more so if you are looking at media and digital services. Media Access...
21 April 2015 Swedish app massively expands audio described cinema
A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000...
20 April 2015 Report shows British TV channels are exceeding access requirements
The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its Television Access Services report for 2014, which shows that all 72 domestic channels have met...
16 April 2015 Media Access Australia launches report on the accessibility of video-on-demand services
Media Access Australia's latest report on the state of play for accessibility on video-on-demand (VOD) services recommends that captioning be...
15 April 2015 Netflix introduces audio description
Daredevil, a TV series about a blind superhero, has become the first program on Netflix to have audio description for people who are blind or vision...
15 April 2015 Employment discrimination inquiry highlights value of digital accessibility
The role of digital accessibility in helping reduce discrimination against older Australians and those with a disability—while helping create value...
14 April 2015 ABC launches trial of audio description on iview
The ABC has today launched a trial of audio description on its online catch-up TV service iview. The trial will last 15 months, during which 14 hours...
13 April 2015 edX settles inaccessible online courses case
Massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX has settled a case brought by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) alleging that its online courses...
10 April 2015 Web accessibility underpins Australia’s Digital Transformation Office
Web accessibility will play a crucial role in future design and delivery of online government services, according to the alpha website of the federal...
09 April 2015 Petition to make Steam accessible launched
A Change.org petition has launched asking for the world’s largest digital game distribution platform, Steam, to be made accessible for people with...
08 April 2015 Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter adds closed caption support for videos
Kickstarter, one of the world’s most popular crowdfunding platforms, has announced a new accessibility feature enabling entrepreneurs to add closed...
02 April 2015 Facebook turns new leaf on accessibility
Facebook has begun touting its accessibility credentials to developers and consumers alike, announcing that it has launched a new Accessibility...
01 April 2015 ACMA releases data on Australians’ internet use
Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones are becoming the preferred method for Australians to access the internet, according to new data from...
March 2015
Date Published News headline and description
31 March 2015 Empathy and the accessible web experience
Have you considered taking an empathy-based approach to identifying how your organisation can make itself more accessible for people with...
27 March 2015 Samsung boosts smartphone accessibility with Galaxy Talkback for the S6 and S6 Edge
Samsung’s Galaxy S range of smartphones are due to receive a significant accessibility upgrade with the addition of Galaxy Talkback and several new...

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