Consultation underway on the accessibility of video on demand and catch-up services

Post date: 
Monday, 12 March 2018
Category: 
TV, Radio and Film

The Digital Economy Act gave Ofcom the power to require audio description on video on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, NOW TV and ITV Hub. Ofcom are asking for advice on how this should be done and they will then advise the government’s department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on how the new laws should be set up.

RNIB will be recommending that anything broadcast with audio description should have audio description when watched on a catch-up service and that the video on-demand industry should be moving towards full accessibility. This is an opportunity for you to also have your say.

Find out more and have your say

Some of the key questions in the consultation, as expected refer to how much content should be available with audio description on video on demand services. In our response, briefly, we will be asking for:

  • All content that is delivered on linear television with audio description to be mirrored on video on demand services.
  • VOD services to move towards full accessibility
  • In addition to this, we will also demand that the online players and apps themselves are set up in such a way that they work for people who use assistive technology, for example, JAWs, Voiceover and Talkback.

Alternatively, email your response to [email protected]

The consultation ends on 3 April 2018.