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US access committee reports on Internet video captioning

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The the Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee has released a report to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which proposes a timetable for the compulsory closed captioning of all Internet video content originally broadcast with captions on American television.

The committee’s report was one of the requirements of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last October. Now that the FCC has the report, it has six months to set new closed captioning rules.


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Major conference discusses audio description trial on TV

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The 30th anniversary Round Table Conference on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities, which will be held in May, will include a session on access to digital TV through audio description.

The annual conference will feature a range of experts, including Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley.  The panel discussion will look at the upcoming audio description trial proposed for the ABC in the second half of 2011, as well as the trial that is now running in New Zealand.  Entitled ‘Access to Digital TV, Audio Description and beyond’, the discussion will be on Sunday 22 May at the Bayview on the Park hotel in Melbourne.


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BBC asks the question: are colourblind gamers left out?

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With one in twenty men and one in two hundred women suffering from some form of colour blindness, a reporter for the BBC has asked the question: are colourblind gamers left out?

The BBC Technology article on gaming for those who are colourblind talks about the difficulties people who are colourblind have when playing mainstream games. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 is a prime example of colour being used solely to convey information. In multiplayer mode, teammates are identified by green tags above their heads while enemies have red tags, making it particularly difficult, if not impossible, for people who are colourblind to easily recognise friend from foe.


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Enjoy this long weekend with an accessible movie

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Go to the movies this Easter long weekend for some accessible entertainment. There are many films available with both captions and audio description to choose from throughout the country.

Among the accessible cinema venues are the cinemas that have adopted the latest in captioning technology – the CaptiView system. This easy-to-use hand-held screen means more sessions are available to those who may benefit from captions.


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