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ACCAN launches campaign for online caption quality

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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has formed an alliance of organisations which is calling for online videos to be provided with accurate, readable captions.

YouTube auto-caption for Tony Abbott reads "things like the big butts well we want to carefully look". Image credit: ACCAN via Facebook


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Call to caption parliament

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The Federal Parliament is improving its accessibility to people with disabilities. This includes its digital presence through its website and online services. It also provides streaming video services of the House of Representatives, the Senate, Federation Chamber and various committees when they are in session.

Outside the entrance of Parliament House in Canberra

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UK TV access report shows over compliance

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The UK regulator Ofcom has released its access compliance report for the first two quarters of 2015 and it shows that generally all quotas have been exceeded.

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Live captioning bonanza captured by ACMA

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) held a day-long event in September dedicated to live captioning issues as part of its Citizen Conversation Series.

Alex Varley, Chief Executive Officer, Media Access Australia presenting at the ACMA Citizen Conversation on live captioning. Image credit: Highlights from ‘Live captioning: let’s talk’, part of the Citizen Conversation series


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Yahoo streams captioned NFL to the world

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American online giant Yahoo will be providing its first streamed and captioned National Football League (NFL) game live from London UK on 25 October.

2015 Buffalo Bills (BUF) versus Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX), streamed by Yahoo


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Video on demand access builds up

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Video on Demand (VOD) is a rapidly growing platform for consuming entertainment content.  Recent developments overseas are showing that action around accessibility to VOD is also growing.

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New Zealand Deaf community takes Sky to Commission over lack of captions

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Deaf groups in New Zealand have formalised complaints against subscription television broadcaster Sky for not captioning the coverage of the Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand rugby team wearing gold medals, performing the haka on the field


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American regulator denies captioning exemptions to churches

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In the USA, religious television is very popular with lots of churches having their own television shows and channels. Under American rules these programs are subject to captioning regulations.

Exterior shot of a church during the day


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At home in the caption lab

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BBC senior engineer Mike Armstrong works with caption viewers in a replica of an everyday lounge room to try and get the most realistic reactions to his research and development into better ways to caption BBC television.

Multiple screens across different devices displaying captioned content. Screenshot from 'Advanced Subtitles at BBC R&D' video


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Accessible India Campaign to greatly improve access to media

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The Accessible India Campaign is set to launch on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with a strong focus on improving access to information and communication technology in the region.

Accessible India Campaign. Accessible India - Empowered India. Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment


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