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  • Audio description at ITV


    Jane Laurance, Head of Presentation Strategy at ITV, talks about audio description (AD)

  • Audio Description Campaign 2018


    UK Broadcasters and Ofcom support RNIB to raise awareness of audio description.

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


    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.

  • Delivering audio description on TV commercials


    ITV has become the first UK broadcaster to provide the technical capability to broadcast HD commercials with embedded audio description. This happened when the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) Specification for the Delivery of HD Commercial and Sponsorship material was published last year.

  • Resolving accessibility of text on Screen


    ITV is providing Audio Description on more and more programmes. On ITV3 this is now over 50 per cent of content and over 25 per cent on ITV2, ITV4, CITV and ITV Encore. Certain programmes are not as ideally suited to audio description but a partially sighted viewer may still be able to watch, follow and enjoy.

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