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Hoyts Kiosk improve accessibility

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Entertainment giant Hoyts has increased its number of DVD rental kiosks nationally, as well as improve the access information about the titles each kiosk holds.

Launched in 2009, Hoyts Kiosk offers new release movies to the general public via a vending machine (kiosk). Kiosks take payment via credit card and rentals can be kept for up to ten days. There is also the flexibility of reserving online through the Hoyts Kiosk website to ensure your title is available, and returning rentals to any kiosk location.


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Human Rights Commission releases Australia’s first fully-accessible DVD

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Twenty Years: Twenty Stories is a video project initiated by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) which celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). The DVD release, as well as having captioning and audio description, will also feature spoken menus – an Australian first. 

Each of the twenty videos, which were produced in association with the Sydney Community Foundation, tells the story of a disabled person who managed to bring about systemic change by making a DDA complaint. The videos, created by both professional filmmakers and community groups, were made possible by donations from government and commercial enterprises. Captioning of the videos was funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs’ Captioning Grant, which is administered by Media Access Australia.


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Access in the arts in the United Kingdom

Audio description for theatre in the UK is mainly provided by Vocal Eyes, with some local volunteers covering other sites. Most of the performances are in London, with some in other venues across the country.

From 2007 - 2010 Vocal Eyes undertook a collaborative United Kingdom Arts Council-funded project with Stagetext, the United Kingdom's premier theatre captioning provider.


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DVDs with audio menus

DVD discs themselves offer a method of choosing the audio track through the disc’s own menu system. However, these menus vary from title to title and most do not talk, making it difficult for a blind user to select the AD independently. 

Audio menus are DVD menus that narrate the options to a viewer from the moment you insert the disc into your DVD player. They assist you to navigate through the menu options to select the options you wish, including AD. The development of audio menus, also called audio navigation, is still in its infancy both in Australia and internationally.


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