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Ofcom publishes 2012 TV access requirements

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Ofcom, the UK media and communications regulator, has published its mid-year statement on 2012 TV access requirements, requiring increased captioning and audio description across UK television channels.

The statement, ‘Television channels required to provide access services in 2012’, has the following outcomes for 2012:


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Italian project provides cinema captioning via Samsung smartphones and tablets

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‘Leggi il film’, ‘read the film’ in Italian, is a joint project by Italian hearing impaired association FIADDA and Universal Multimedia Access to provide captioning in Italian cinemas via an app for Samsung devices.

Using a Samsung smartphone or tablet, viewers watch captions or subtitles at any session at participating cinemas via the MovieReading app, which uses the device’s microphone to recognise the audio track of a film and synchronise captions accordingly. Currently nine Space Cinema locations across Italy offer the service, including in Rome, Milan and Naples.


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FCC reminds broadcasters to make emergency information accessible

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The US communications and media regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has published a Public Notice reminding broadcasters, cable and satellite television operators and all other domestic video program providers to provide access services on emergency information.

Given the recent floods and tornados across the United States, the FCC emphasised the importance of ensuring that people who have vision or hearing impairment have access to emergency information, especially all ‘critical details’ pertaining to the emergency, and how to respond.

The requirement applies to all distributors of video programming to American households, with no exceptions. All distributors must ensure the information they provide is accessible, whatever signal or medium they use to distribute the contact.


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DeafTechNews releases instructional videos on CaptiView and Captionfish

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US technology review group DeafTechNews has created two short instructional videos on CaptiView and Captionfish.

The instructional CaptiView video is two and a half minutes long and has instructions in American Sign Language (ASL) for the set up and operation of the personal CaptiView cinema captioning screens.


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