DVD distributors confirm their commitment to access

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 15:37pm

The Australian Visual Software Distributors Association (AVSDA), representing the home entertainment film and TV industry, has announced that all major film distributors and some smaller Australian independents have committed to making audio description and captions available on the majority of theatrical films when released on DVD.

The distributors making this commitment include Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Hopscotch Entertainment, Madman Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Roadshow Entertainment, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth-Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Video and Warner Home Video.

These distribution companies have committed to ensuring that the majority of theatrical films released to standard definition DVD will contain both audio description and English captioning or subtitles.  (A theatrical film is a film that is shown in cinemas.)

The announcement confirms what is currently happening within the industry, where access features are requested of international content sources for inclusion in the Region 4 release.  The announcement also suggests an increase in access features, particularly for smaller distributors that are currently captioning and audio describing at a rate of less than 50% of their releases. 

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