From 9 August 2016, live closed captioning is available on live Parliament TV (PTV) broadcasts of all proceedings in the House of Representatives. They’re also available for PTV on Freeview, Sky, Vodafone, and Igloo (NZ’s pay TV service).
Initial trials were not successful, leaving the project hanging for some time. But subsequent trials with a different provider paid off, with the style of live captions implemented providing 98 per cent accuracy and minimal delay, according to New Zealand’s first Deaf MP, the Greens’ Mojo Mathers. Ms Mather was involved in trials of the closed captions and says she is thrilled that she will finally be able to follow debates in the house from her office.
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