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Accessible DVD releases for January 2013

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During January Media Access Australia found 23 movies on the new-release entertainment shelves at our local DVD store that were audio described and captioned, out of 71 in total.

Distributors Eagle, Paramount, Madman, Reel, Shock and Sony Universal all had titles released internationally with either captions or subtitles that were not released in Region 4, a market which includes Australia, New Zealand, South America and Oceania. The Madman title of Your Sister’s Sister was released in Australia without audio description but had audio description for its Region 2 (UK) release.


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Apple TV software update improves accessibility

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Apple TVs are now easier to use for everybody after a software update to the device improved access features. Included in this update is support for Bluetooth keyboards and improved access to the Accessibility Menu.

Apple TV is a digital media receiver that can stream content from the internet to a TV. Users can access music, podcasts, apps, TV shows and movies on iTunes, and surf the web on a TV which has the device connected.


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Deaf consumer groups file complaint against Amazon for lack of captions

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Seven American deaf consumer groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), accusing Amazon of violating new captioning rules.

The new rules are included in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, and came into effect on 30 September 2012. They state that most full-length, non-live programming must be captioned if previously broadcast on television with captions. Monitoring of programming available on Amazon’s ‘Instant Video’ service in October and November showed that between one and eighteen programs a day were not captioned which should have been. They included popular programs such as Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Fringe.


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Top 12 of 2012 #12 – US regulator takes the lead on online captioning

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The USA has seen a number of developments this year which will increase the availability of captions online. With the world’s most popular content coming out of Hollywood, these changes have significant international implications.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that from September 30, all television networks must provide captions for the content they put online. This only applies to content that was originally broadcast on TV, as required by the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010.


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