National Curriculum Review and inclusiveness
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The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 reinstated audio description quotas for television. The main television services will have to comply with this by 1 July 2012, delivering the service on a second audio channel on set-top boxes. The NAB argued that introducing audio description for mobile TV will be more difficult, as mobile receivers will need to be modified to receive the service.
The TVTechnology website includes commentary on the issue.
The first step in the Review process was a consultation on the Terms of Reference, which ended in January.
There is no general commercial requirement for online media to be accessible. However some VOD services, including Netflix, iTunes and the catch-up TV services ABC iview, SBS on Demand and Plus7, do provide captions.
The World Wide Web Consortium (commonly known as the W3C) is the primary international standards organisation for the Internet.