Media Access Reports

Media Access Reports are released quarterly. To have a printed or digital copy sent to you, please contact us via email providing your name and contact details.

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28, Spring 2013

This issue has a round-up of the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 conference, an interview with leading American access advocate and regulator Karen Peltz-Strauss, a report from this year's CineEurope conference and developments in cinema access, and the latest offline media and digital technology news.

27, Winter 2013

Issue 27 of the Media Access Report looks at audio description regulation around the world and the need for it in Australia, the ACMA's new caption quality guidelines for Australian TV, and the UK regulator Ofcom's attempts to improve live captioning. There's also a report on the Round Table for Information Access for People with Print Disabilities 2013, and all the latest news on the...

26, Autumn 2013

This issue of the Media Access Report has coverage of the Australian Human Rights Commission's Twenty Years: Twenty Stories - Australia's first fully accessible DVD; the CSI User Experience Conference in London and the latest developments in online accessibility; and looks at some of the reasons why all DVDs in Australia are not captioned. 

25, Summer 2013

The first Media Access Report includes coverage of the Deafness Forum Captioning Awards and the Languages and Media Conference held in Berlin in November 2012,  a report on the recent trial of audio description on the ABC, an interview with  a live sport captioner, and a review of the accessibility features of Windows 8.

24, Spring 2012

Issue 24 of the Media Access Report looks at the audio description trial on ABC television and other developments in audio description around the world, and the launch of Media Access Australia’s education initiative CAP THAT! for 2012. There is also an interview with a captioner about the challenges of captioning live sporting events, an update on the Cinema Access Implementation Plan which is...

Media Access Report 23, Winter 2012

CONTENTS   TELEVISION TV captioning bill introduced to Parliament Government to provide talking set-top boxes for the blind TVs that talk – a first for the blind and vision impaired Audio description trial receives budget funding UK broadcasters continue to exceed access quotas Irish access group slams reduction in TV captioning More captioning on subscription TV Access rules for UK broadcasters...

Media Access Report 22

CONTENTS   MEDIA ACCESS NEWS Canadian access company rebrands its services as AMI New Zealanders demand closed captioning for Deaf MP TELEVISION Audio description trial on the ABC announced Audio description awareness campaign launched in the UK Free-to-air TV requests temporary caption exemption New Zealand working group calls for increased captioning Canada leads the way in innovative audio...

Media Access Report 21

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS Captions and audio description benefit people on the autism spectrum New mobile captioning system for visitors to US museums and galleries The Other Film Festival awarded triennial funding from City of Melbourne Access to Adelaide library increased for people who are blind and vision impaired New smart white cane increases independence for blind users Live TV captioning...

Media Access Report 20

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS Disney offers audio description for outdoor attractions Victorian Government releases access guidelines for colour blindness Outrage at decision in JetBlue accessibility case UK project to help bring music to cochlear implant users Federal Government announces support for Arts Access Australia CBM offers Christian audio library for people with a print disability The...

Media Access Report 18, Autumn 2011

CONTENTS Media Access News Canadian access coalition calls for 100% accessibility by 2020 Ofcom publishes Single Equality Scheme Annual Report US communications regulator proposes new access rules UK study looks at 3D audio description guidelines Disney sued over lack of accessibility Government announces the Terms of Reference for the Convergence Review Television A new regime for television...

Media Access Report 17

MEDIA ACCESS NEWS Government releases Media Access Review final report President Obama signs landmark access bill Access key topic in Senate Estimates hearings US communications regulator requests caption feedback British standards body releases accessibility documentary Caption levels on US TV commercials surveyed US project aims to assess quality of live captioning Media Access Australia CEO...

Media Access Report 16

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS NZ announces TV audio description trial Accessible radio developments in the US US Senate passes comprehensive accessibility bill Channel 4 announces 20% audio description, 100% captioning UK regulator hedges on AD quota increase Disney extends its access services in Florida theme parks US Attorney General announces proposals for improved accessibility regulations UK...

Media Access Report 15

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS American access organisation conducts caption quality survey Ai-Media acquires stenocaptioning company Americans seek accessible flight entertainment Ofcom reports on accessibility of UK electronic program guides US bill introduced to update Communications Act accessibility A new style of audio description under discussion Australasian firm ensures accessible accounting...

Media Access Report 14

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS DBCDE releases submissions to the Media Access Review Discussion Report British firm develops the first accessible set-top box Captioning and audio description at US football stadium ACCAN appoints new chair and deputy Hills Industries wins digital assistance contract Consumer organisation launches major study on broadband access American flyers call for captioned...

Media Access Report 13

CONTENTS   MEDIA ACCESS NEWS Government releases Media Access Report FCC reminds broadcasters about accessible emergency announcements Amazon Kindle now shipping to Australia USdigital mobile TV standard includes access UKbreaks world record for most people at AD performance Canadian audio description to expand UKbreaks world record for most people at AD performance Accessibility a priority for...

Media Access Report 12

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS European conference focuses on audio description in broadcasting Ofcom research assists seniors and people with disabilities Ofcom announces access quotas for 2010 American audio description conference discusses AD standards Communications peak body opens its doors Australian Government launches digital blueprint WIPO supports people with a visual impairment An amusing...

Media Access Report 10

Media Access News Minister announces package to ease digital switchover Digital switchover timetable announced Consumers confused about television equipment MAA CEO elected Chair of new consumer body The Accessible Channel launched in Canada Ofcom releases its approach to regulation Mamma Mia they’re going digital Government initiative on communications access for the disabled Ofcom releases...

Media Access Report 11

MEDIA ACCESS NEWS Ofcom announces access for disabled consumers as priority New code of practice for open narrowcast television Communications consumer organisation appoints first CEO Audio description debuts in China US ruling pushes caption obligations Vision Australia receives $6.6 million grant for DAISY and software upgrades Yankee Stadium accessible through captions New FCC working group to...

Media Access Report 9

Media Access News The Languages and Media Conference 2008 Why is the UK so far ahead of the world in access? Academics look at practical audio description issues. Is voice recognition taking over the world? Audio description in Poland New Zealand's Review of Digital Broadcasting Qantas reinforces its commitment to the Deaf and hearing impaired The US digital switchover and people with...

Media Access Report 8

Media Access News Closed captions on hand-held devices for airplanes UK campaign increases awareness of audio description The Canadian media access inquiry US Congress passes Higher Education Opportunity Act MAA CEO joins founding board of ACCAN AD in the air Ofcom reports on usability in the communications sector Ofcom releases second quarter access report for 2008 Network Insight’s...

Media Access Report 7

Contents   Media Access News Federal government inquiry a boost for access  Television broadcasters   DVD suppliers    Blind and vision impaired consumers and consumer groups    Deaf and hearing impaired consumers and consumer groups    Education    New Media    BBC achieves total captioning    UK TV boss affirms commitment to captioning    What price access?   European Parliament calls for...

Media Access Report 6

Contents Media Acess News Digital switchover postponed ACMA’s review of digital TV codes and standards Government launches major digital TV strategy DBCDE calls for broadband submissions New draft bill could revolutionise access in the US Ofcom releases fourth quarter access report for 2007 Ofcom’s Audio Description Awareness Campaign in the UK US consumer research warns of digital transition...

Media Access Report 5

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS                                                                               Communications Minister appointed DCITA investigation into downloadable media accessibility WGBH receives grant to explore captioned handheld media California moves towards mandating website access in Target case ABC and Vision Australia audio book partnership The Print Disability Round Table...

Media Access Report 4

CONTENTS   MEDIA ACCESS NEWS                                                                               Democrats Senator calls for new captioning quotas The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards Digital UK uses captions to promote digital switchover Ofcom releases first access report for 2007       ACMA releases digital media report Ofcom’s research into switchover disadvantaged RNIB surveys blind...

Media Access Report 3

CONTENTS   MEDIA ACCESS NEWS BBC set to launch online captions on iPlayer     Ofcom releases final access report for 2006 Mastering captioning and audio description        Closed captions on Flash videos New solutions for AD on television unveiled in the UK Mobile TV delayed More online captioning innovations Red Bee Media wins French captioning contract USA’s Air Carrier Access Act delayed MAA’s...

Media Access Report 2

CONTENTS   MEDIA ACCESS NEWS                                                                               The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards          Ofcom unveils its Disability Equality Scheme Scottish Arts Council funds cinema access         Captioning videos on dotSUB Slow progress on access to movie downloads WGBH receives access funding USaction on accessible digital radio      Airport...

Media Access Report 1

CONTENTS MEDIA ACCESS NEWS The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards           Ofcom unveils its Disability Equality Scheme Scottish Arts Council funds cinema access          Captioning videos on dotSUB Slow progress on access to movie downloads WGBH receives access funding US action on accessible digital radio       Airport captioning update LG produces combined Blu-ray/HD-DVD player UK expecting...