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Top 12 of 2012 #4 – captions come to SBS online

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In July, SBS became the second Australian television network to offer captions on its catch-up service.

The technology that makes SBS’s online closed captioning possible is a point of innovation. A system was developed by SBS which automatically reformats pre-prepared captions which were broadcast on television. It has not yet been possible to provide captions for live content, such as news and sport, but SBS has informed us that this is an issue they are working to resolve.


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Captioning Award winners announced

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Last night the Deafness Forum of Australia celebrated the achievements of the media and entertainment industry in providing access to the one in six Australians who are Deaf or hearing impaired. Hosted by Rodney Adams, an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, the evening was a celebration of the impact of captions on literacy, human rights and social inclusion.

The winners in each category were:


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Captions included on ABC iView app

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has today launched the ABC iView app for iPhone, with caption functionality included.

The app will allow iPhone users to watch programs and movies aired on the ABC network through WiFi and 3G connections. ABC iView is the ABC's television show streaming service that allows people to watch programs online after they have been broadcast. The ABC iView app allows people to access this service through different mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Digital media and technology: 

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World first: US legislates captioning online videos

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the USA has adopted a set of rules governing the closed captioning of TV programs that are distributed over the internet.

While people are increasingly watching TV on the internet, the provision of captioning on IP-TV has been very patchy. In Australia, prime time programs from ABC1 and ABC2 which can be watched on the ABC’s iView player are captioned, while about 15% of programs available for purchase from the Australian iTunes store have captions. The US legislation is the first to stipulate that programs must retain their captioning for viewing online.


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