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Network Ten stays with Red Bee Media for captioning services

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Major access supplier Red Bee Media has announced a multi-year arrangement to provide captioning services to Australian broadcaster Network Ten. This covers the network’s three free-to-air channels, Ten, Eleven and One, and is for both live and prerecorded captioning services. 

Red Bee Media is a significant international supplier of access and related services, and the Australian service utilises new innovations in captioning delivery, including the Subito system. Subito is a system for captioning news and other live or near-live programs. It uses speech recognition technology to align pre-prepared captions with the audio of a program.


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Foxtel launches captions on its movies on demand

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People who are Deaf or hearing impaired will have greater access to Foxtel’s content after the subscription service launched closed captioning for selected on demand movie services from 1 October this year. This move will see Foxtel provide closed captioning for the vast majority of new release movies aired across its 14 On Demand movie channels, plus instant access On Demand movies to iQ subscribers.

Head of Channel Partnerships Benjamin Cox told Media Access Australia that the introduction of closed captioned content was a response to the increasing popularity of its rental movies and TV shows.

“We’ve received a lot of customer feedback over the years and closed captioning for on demand content is something that has always been requested, particularly since video on demand has grown in usage over the recent years,” Cox said.

 “We’re heavily investing in captions for our linear channels and it makes sense to provide it across on demand services as well.”


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2013 Captioning Awards winners announced

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The annual Captioning Awards celebrate excellence and innovation in captioning. The winners in 2013 were announced on Friday in Sydney at a presentation dinner hosted by Deafness Forum of Australia and Foxtel.

The awards promote better quality, frequency and wider use of captions on television, in cinemas, DVDs, theatre, live events and in other situations such as public transport. Captions are such a benefit to the one in six Australians who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment or chronic disorder of the ear. Captions are an essential part of daily communications, entertainment and social needs, providing enjoyment and information about what is happening in the world around us. 


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Accessible air travel conference prepares for take off

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Washington DC is set to host the inaugural Air Travel Accessibility Conference for passengers with disability requiring access to airline and airport ground services as well as in flight services.

The Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR) is seeking registrants for the conference, commencing 10 December, where aviation, business, disability, government and related stakeholders will convene to discuss and consider the needs of all passengers. Presentations are expected from a range of experts in the related fields.

The AAPR provides further information on the conference program and registration details on its website.


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