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Don’t make consumers the TV access police

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Media Access Australia is concerned that the proposed approach to reforming captioning regulation is going too far in shifting responsibility towards consumers.

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Consultation paper provides opportunity to comment on TV captioning regulations

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The Federal Government today released a consultation paper which proposes a number of changes to the regulations governing free-to-air television. The consultation process provides an opportunity for consumers to comment on current captioning regulations, and the fact that multi-channels such as Gem, 7Two, Eleven, ABC2 and SBS2 remain exempt from the captioning requirements that apply to primary channels.

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Red Bee Media asks for feedback from caption users

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The major captioning provider Red Bee Media Australia is seeking feedback about the positioning of captions on the popular Seven Network program My Kitchen Rules, and will be hosting a focus group at Docklands, Melbourne, on Friday, 30 January.

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My Kitchen Rules features a great deal of text on screen as well as other important visual information. Red Bee wants to show people a few options for the positioning of captions, so they can choose what they like the best.


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ACMA posts preliminary caption exemptions

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has commenced posting this year’s round of draft exemption and target reduction orders, which exempt channels from having to meet normal captioning requirements for a year or more.

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Accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014

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Looking for that special something for that special someone—a Christmas present that is both accessible and awesome? Look no further than Media Access Australia’s guide on accessible Christmas gift ideas for 2014.

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iTunes $30, $20 and $50 gift cards


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TV & Video highlights of 2014: Captions on Plus7

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In April, the Seven Network’s Plus7 became the first commercial TV catch-up service in Australia to provide closed captions on its major programs.

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Senate caption inquiry posts submissions

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Submissions to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations have now been posted on the committee’s website.

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The proposed amendments, which were introduced into parliament in October, include:


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Deadline for submissions to caption review arrives

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Today is the deadline for submissions to the Senate Communications and Environment Committee which is reviewing proposed changes to captioning regulations.

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Five live-caption quality issues from the UK

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The quality of live captioning was a major topic discussed at the recent The Future of Subtitling conference held in London on 10 November 2014. Media Access Australia CEO Alex Varley presented at the conference and he gives his impressions on the main issues from the UK perspective.

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Ofcom releases first access report for 2014

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The UK communications regulator Ofcom has released its Television Access Report for the first half of 2014, which shows that once again, most British broadcasters are exceeding their access requirements. The report comes as the Federal Government is trying to end similar reporting requirements which are in place for Australian broadcasters.

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