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American cinema chain to provide captioning and audio description in theatres nationwide


Leading motion picture exhibitor Regal Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the largest theatre circuit in the United States, has announced that it will install personal captioning and audio description technologies in all its digital cinema locations by the end of 2012.

The rollout of these access solutions will take place in conjunction with the group’s digital cinema rollout, and will be available for widespread use in America over the next 12 to 18 months.

Chief Administrative Officer & Counsel Randy Smith said, “almost every Regal location nationwide will be fully equipped with digital cinema systems and be further equipped to provide closed captions and descriptive video for our deaf, hard of hearing and blind guests”.

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Football fan sues American university over lack of captioning at games


A hearing impaired man who attends University of Kentucky home football games at Commonwealth Stadium, has filed a case in a US district court to try to force the university to provide captioning of all announcements during the games.

The man, Charles Mitchell, said that captions for announcements over the public address system could be displayed on video boards and monitors, and not doing so was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

He has asked the court to issue a permanent injunction ordering the University of Kentucky to provide Deaf and hearing impaired people with equal access to all activities and services during games.

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Convergence Review web section launched


Media Access Australia today added a new section to our website, detailing information about the Commonwealth Government’s Convergence Review.

The new section includes an overview of The Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy’s (the DBCDE’s) review into convergent media, with details of how you can get involved.

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Ofcom releases report on access to EPGs


Ofcom, the British media and communications regulator, has released a report into the accessibility of Electronic Program Guides (EPGs).

Under British communications law, EPG providers must produce annual statements of the steps they have taken and plan to take to facilitate the use of EPGs by people with disabilities.

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