Multichannels

Nine agrees to caption ‘V’ on GO!

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Nine has agreed to caption the new series of ‘V’ on free-to-air channel GO! after viewers complained that it was not captioned.

While the previous series shown on Nine’s main channel was captioned, the first episode of the new series was not. This is in line with the Federal Government’s regulations concerning multichannels like GO!, which are only obliged to caption repeat programs that were originally screened on a network’s main channel with captions.

However, following the complaints, Nine has agreed to caption the new series from episode 2 onwards.


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Equipment

Different television equipment allows different access options for displaying captions on TV. Below are some accessibility and other general features to consider when purchasing:

  • Digital televisions and set-top boxes
  • Personal video recorders/hard-disk recorders
  • Teletext TVs

Digital televisions and set-top boxes

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Multichannel Review legislation passed

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Yesterday, 24 June, Parliament passed the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Digital Television) Bill 2010 (Cth), to bring into law the recommendations of the Multichannel Review.

The Multichannel Review was conducted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) to examine whether or not digital multichannels should be required to meet the Australian content and caption requirements of the main channels as analogue television services are progressively switched off.

The legislation means that digital multichannels will not be required to provide the same captioning requirements as on the main channels until 31 December 2012.


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