BSA, Broadcasting Services Act

SBS falls short with DVD access

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As part of a series of home entertainment accessibility reports outside regular entertainment DVD titles, Media Access Australia has collated information around the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and its level of DVD accessibility, showing whether its titles have closed captions and audio description.

In looking into the accessibility of DVDs of programs previously broadcast, it is noteworthy that audio description is not yet broadcast on television as part of a full time service, but captioning has been mandatory under the Broadcasting Services Act for many years. With this in mind, it is perhaps not surprising that the level of audio description on SBS titles is very low at 1%.


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Fetch TV applies for caption exemptions

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Fetch TV, a subscription service which delivers its content over the internet, has applied to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for exemptions to caption requirements for 21 of its channels, and a caption target reduction for one additional channel.

Amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act passed last year introduced captioning requirements for subscription TV services.

Fetch TV has requested exemptions for the following 21 channels:


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Top 12 of 12 #6 – changes to the Broadcasting Services Act

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An issue close to home for many of our readers is the quality and availability of captions on free-to-air and subscription TV. Good news arrived in June when the captioning provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act were amended for the first time in a decade.

There are a number of amendments to the Act which improve the accessibility of television for Deaf and hearing impaired viewers:


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