Television, radio and film news

Read about the latest developments and products in television, radio and film for blind and partially sighted people.

If you have any questions or would like further information about any of the news items listed below, email broadcasting@rnib.org.uk

Latest news

A Farewell to Arms with audio description

23 September 2014 - This week the British Film Institute (BFI) releases a digital restoration of 'A Farewell to Arms' on the DVD and Blu-ray to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. The DVD/ Blu-ray features the audio description track.

YouView introduces new accessibility updates
4 December 2013 - The on-demand TV service YouView has released a series of updates to deliver better accessibility for blind and partially sighted customers and improve the user experience for this audience.

A connected world for people with sight loss
13 November 2013 The recent ofcom report, Disabled Consumers' Ownership of Communications Services Report states that people with sight loss have a higher than average propensity to use the internet than people with other disabilities.

We love audio description: UK broadcasters
2013 has been a fantastic year for audio description (AD) users in the UK with television channels broadcasting around 6000 programmes with AD each week.

Government crack down on video on demand providers
On 30 July 2013 Department of Media, Culture and Sport released a policy paper called Connectivity, Content and Consumers: Britain's digital platform for growth. This paper addresses consumer need and proposes legislative changes to provide a better service to people with disabilities.

Get the picture - making television easier for people with sight loss
RNIB has produced a video which brings to life some of the features that enhance usability of television and related devices for blind and partially sighted people.

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