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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.

Remote control pointed at a Smart TV


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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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Looking forward with access at BCA

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Media Access Australia’s Director of Digital Accessibility, Dr Scott Hollier, will be presenting on developments in access technology for blind and vision impaired people at the Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) national convention in Perth on 10th October.

Entrance of the Perth Mercure hotel at dusk. Image credit: mercureperth.com.au

Dr Hollier is a well-known international expert and his presentation will cover a wide range of access technology following the convention theme of “Looking Forward Looking Back - Celebrating 40 Years of Achievement.”


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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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New research looks at caption speed

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A long-standing issue for caption watchers and producers is how fast should captions be? Some people have problems reading the captions if they display too quickly and others complain if captions are edited from the full speech so that there is enough time to read them.

Right hand holding a remote control in front of a TV with captions displayed

New research into caption speed by the BBC aimed to try and answer the question or see if it is really that important?


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The future of live captioning

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Will machines take over the captioning world and automatically provide perfect captions on live programs, events, meetings and the classroom? Or are future changes going to be more subtle than that?

Woman using a virtual reality headset


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