Television, radio and film news

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BBC Launches iPlayer Kids App

13 April | The BBC have recently launched an iPlayer app for children on iOS, Android and Kindle Fire called iPlayer Kids.

US Cinema Chain Challenged Over Audio Description

17 February | The American Cinema chain AMC (American Multi-Cinema, INC.) is being challenged in the courts on their lack of acceptable audio description (AD).

Walter Presents with Audio Description

11 February | In January 2016, Channel 4 launched Walter Presents – 600 hours of foreign language content on their streaming service, All 4.

iTunes Launches Films with Audio Description

9 February | We are delighted to announce that iTunes has started adding Audio Described movies in a range of countries including the UK.

BBC Three will continue to offer audio description

4 December | BBC Three, will continue to offer audio description as it becomes online-only from February 2016

RNIB Audio Description Conference: Celebrating Progress and Looking Forward

28 October | RNIB hosted a day of brainstorming and exchanging ideas on the development of audio description (AD) convened by RNIB on 23 September at the Science Museum in London.

Broadcasters Delivering or Exceeding Audio Description Targets

23 October | Ofcom have recently published their Report on Access Services for the first half of 2015

New series of French language drama The Returned to be audio described on More4

16 October | The new series of The Returned, starting on More4 tonight at 9pm, will be the first foreign language drama series broadcast on Channel 4 with audio description.

ITV to Increase Audio Description on Android

21 August | The Access Services Report published by Ofcom at the end of 2014 reported that 20 per cent of the programming on ITV was broadcast with audio description (AD) last year and just about twice that number was delivered on ITV3. 

Audio Description now available through 5 On Demand

21 July | As of last week, Demand 5 has offered programmes with audio description on their web player as well as the latest updates of the iOS and Android apps. 

Audio Description now available through iPlayer

16 July | Audio described versions of programmes, where available, can now be accessed on all versions of the iPlayer.

Audio description launches on Netflix

15 July - Netflix, a popular video on demand (VOD) platform launched audio description (AD) on a wide range of content last month.

Live audio description- do you have something to share?

14 July 2015 - Are you at the forefront of any exciting new development or would you like to share best practice in the field?

Review of the AMI player

10 July 2015 -  A review of a revolutionary new accessible video on demand service.

American Council of the Blind 2015 Awards winners announced

8 July 2015 - The award was announced earlier this week at the American Conference in Dallas.

Michael Palin's 'Remember Me' with audio description

3 December 2014 - ITV releases Michael Palin's 'Remember Me' with audio description on 8 December 2014.

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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