Audio description for mobile phones delayed in the US

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Monday, 5 September 2011 11:21am

The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to a request by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) that the introduction of an audio description service for mobile digital TV be delayed until October 2013.

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 reinstated audio description quotas for television. The main television services will have to comply with this by 1 July 2012, delivering the service on a second audio channel on set-top boxes. The NAB argued that introducing audio description for mobile TV will be more difficult, as mobile receivers will need to be modified to receive the service.

The TVTechnology website includes commentary on the issue.

Audio description on TV is awaiting an industry trial in Australia.

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