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Discovery Kids on Foxtel – learning and access all in one

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Engaging educational TV that is 100% captioned is a boon for students with diverse learning needs. Discovery Kids on FOXTEL, launched last week, delivers on the promise of accessibility and fun educational programming for children.

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Caption quality: International approaches to standards and measurement

Media Access Australia has released a white paper entitled Caption quality: International approaches to standards and measurement. It focuses on issues surrounding the live captioning of TV programs, the difficulties in measuring caption quality effectively, and some of the solutions that have been proposed.

The white paper, which is the first in a planned series, was written by our Project manager for television, Chris Mikul, and sponsored by Red Bee Media Australia.


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Government postpones changes to captioning regulations

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After lobbying from consumer groups, the Government has referred to a Senate committee a bill which would change captioning requirements for broadcasters and subscription TV providers.

Man writing the word 'Quality' with ballpoint pen in right hand


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The Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014

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Another year of captioning achievements was celebrated at the Deafness Forum Captioning Awards, which were held at the Sheraton on the Park hotel in Sydney on Friday, 31 October.

Deafness Forum Captioning Awards 2014 winners on stage

Paralympic skier Michael Milton was the inspirational guest speaker at the event, which was attended by representatives from the television industry, caption providers, DVD distributors and community organisations.


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Government proposes to end caption reporting by free-to-air broadcasters

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A bill was today introduced into the House of Representatives by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, which would remove the requirement that free-to-air broadcasters need to report annually on their compliance with captioning targets.

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Dedicated television channel for primary school children with captions

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A partnership between Ai-Media and Discovery Kids will culminate in the launching of Australia’s only television channel dedicated to primary school education with 100% captioned content, on Foxtel on 3 November.

Kari Byron standing next to Discovery Kids logo


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Repealing captioning red tape: Caption quotas on subscription TV

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In the second part of our series on red tape repeal, we look at the issue of caption quotas on subscription television, and the importance for consumers of knowing in advance how much will be captioned on individual channels.

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ACMA releases subscription TV captioning compliance reports

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today released captioning compliance reports for subscription television services for the 2012-2013 financial year. These show about 99 per cent of services met their annual captioning targets, while a quarter of them (amounting to 37 channels) exceeded their targets by over 20 per cent.

The channels which most exceeded their captioning requirements include the Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel, ESPN, Fox News and Foxtel movie channels


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Foxtel launches captions on its movies on demand

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People who are Deaf or hearing impaired will have greater access to Foxtel’s content after the subscription service launched closed captioning for selected on demand movie services from 1 October this year. This move will see Foxtel provide closed captioning for the vast majority of new release movies aired across its 14 On Demand movie channels, plus instant access On Demand movies to iQ subscribers.

Head of Channel Partnerships Benjamin Cox told Media Access Australia that the introduction of closed captioned content was a response to the increasing popularity of its rental movies and TV shows.

“We’ve received a lot of customer feedback over the years and closed captioning for on demand content is something that has always been requested, particularly since video on demand has grown in usage over the recent years,” Cox said.

 “We’re heavily investing in captions for our linear channels and it makes sense to provide it across on demand services as well.”


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