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New online video service to have 100% captioning

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Films14 is an online subscription service which is set to commence in 2014, and plans to have captioning on all of the movies and TV shows it makes available to subscribers.

While it is being developed in the UK, the service is intended to be available internationally. If it succeeds in launching, Films14 will drastically increase the amount of captioned content available online in Australia.


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ABC to improve app accessibility

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The ABC has agreed to make its main mobile app accessible after complaints made to the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation app for iPhone and iPad is one of Australia’s most downloaded media and entertainment apps and acts as portal to content from across the ABC. Through it, users can read and watch the news, listen to over 25 radio stations, and watch selected catch-up TV.


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Accessible DVDs released in March 2013

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At least 21 movies released on DVD in the last two months have been made accessible with closed captions and audio description. Of the 60 titles we researched, 45 were captioned (or 75 per cent) and 21 described and captioned (or 35 per cent).

Distributors 20th Century Fox, Accent, Eagle, Gryphon and Madman 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.

Further still, both Disney and Icon released titles locally without audio description where this feature was available in international territories. Those movies were Now Is Good from Disney and Beasts of the Southern Wild from Icon.

The titles with both audio description and captions are:


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