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Class action launched in the US demanding captioned lyrics

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Nine deaf advocates and individuals have launched a class action against a number of Hollywood Studios, including Disney, Sony, Netflix, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros and Universal Studios, for failing to caption song lyrics in movies and TV programs.

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Is Blu-ray as accessible as DVD?

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In a twist to Media Access Australia’s regular statistics on accessible new release rental DVDs, we have taken a look at titles available over recent months and included the alternative Blu-ray format for comparison to see which format is ahead with accessibility. 

Blu-ray has been an alternative home entertainment video format since 2006 and sold itself on offerings of greater picture quality as well as increased disc space which would allow for more features. This space was promoted by some home entertainment industry representatives as the ‘sure thing’ that would lead to increased levels of closed captioning and audio description.


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DVD distributors accessibility framework

The Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA) has a DVD accessibility framework document, affirming its commitment to making available access features such as captioning and audio description. 

AHEDA will also respond on behalf of members to complain about accessibility of specific DVD titles where access features were available overseas and not in Australia.

Objectives of the Accessibility Framework for the Home Entertainment Film Industry

The objectives of this Framework are to:


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Statistics on DVD accessibility in Australia

Background

Since 2006, Media Access Australia (MAA) has been keeping a watch on the access levels of entertainment, rental DVDs in Australia on a bi-monthly basis. 

The methods used to provide the information below is simply taken from the DVD covers of rental titles at a local DVD outlet, with support from members of the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association (AHEDA).

Within the time that statistics have been kept, over 2,500 titles have been researched.  Titles are checked for a number of things:


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Audio description on DVD

Audio described DVDs can be found at any local rental store or DVD retailer. If a distributor releases audio description on a title, every single copy of that title should have the access feature.


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