DVD and Blu-ray

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Access to DVDs and Blu-ray for people with a sensory impairment has increased dramatically in recent years. Closed captions are now available on the majority of DVDs released in Australia while audio description is available for a significant number of titles.

Programs and movies released by major international distributors such as Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros are more likely to have captions and audio descrtipion than smaller, independent releases.

While there is no legislation which guarantees access to DVDs, the provision of captions and audio description is promoted by the Australian Home Entertainment Distributors Association. This includes all the major distribution companies and oversees the identification of access features on DVD packaging.

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