New Zealand: Introducing Live TV Captioning of Rio2016 on Prime TV

Are you getting excited about one of the greatest sporting events on earth? Recently TVNZ OneNews ran a story about new captioning technology that will help make the Olympic Games TV coverage in New Zealand more accessible for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. You can watch the video here (captioned). or read a summary here. Want to know more? Q – When will the details of what will be.

We’re Excited about the Potential for Live TV Captioning of Rio2016…

“Just the matter of a few $$$$ to raise….” New Zealand is a great sporting nation and the hype is building for the Rio Olympics. We’re getting pretty excited about the potential for captioned TV coverage too! The Captioning Working Group have launched a $200,000 NZD fundraising campaign to pay for live captioning on some of the free-to-air Prime TV coverage. Able, NZ’s not-for-profit captioning provider, will be providing live.

Name the Country that Just Legislated for Captioning…..

The Philippines! Senate Bill 2239 passed its third reading on May 23, 2016. It requires ‘franchise holders or operators of television stations and producers of television programs to broadcast or present their programs with closed caption option, and for other purposes”. Senator Bam Aquino’s Facebook page released the news: GOOD NEWS! Senate approves SB 2239, a bill requiring all franchise holders or operators of television stations and producers of television.

No cash for deaf and hard of hearing to enable accessibility through broadcast captioning in Budget 2016

The Government’s position is to encourage captioning by Broadcasters with the expectation that improvements in captioning will come through improving technology. In line with this belief, no additional funds were allocated for broadcast captioning in Budget 2016. However, sadly, encouragement alone is not enough. Encouraging Broadcasters to caption leaves New Zealanders without captions on many News & current affairs programmes on free to air television from 11pm until 12noon the.

We Need Words to Achieve Access. Press Release 19 May 2016.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day http://bitly.com/CaptionitNZPetition Imagine, if you will, a life without the ability to fully understand what is being said on television, in videos, on the telephone Today members of the New Zealand Captioning Working Group will submit a petition with more than 2,300 signatures asking “That the House of Representatives legislate to ensure accesssibility via closed captioning for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and other New Zealanders who need.

New Zealand – We Need Your Help! Press Release 18 May 2016.

The National Foundation for the Deaf underwriting $200,000 to enable broadcast captioning of the Rio Olympics Text GOLD to 4847 to help by donating $3.00 The National Foundation for the Deaf has underwritten $200,000 to enable live broadcast captioning of the Rio Olympics in August 2016. Live broadcast captions are similar to subtitles that you see on a foreign film but they are in the same language as the spoken.

6% of the content on Prime TV Channel will have captioning. A good start but still a long way to go!

SKY spokeswoman Kirsty Way said earlier this week: “We are really pleased Prime will now be able to show captions on these quality local shows, thanks to the contribution of ABLE along with our investment in infrastructure.” So what do we know about captioning on the Sky owned free to air Prime TV channel? Q – When will captioning start? A – No date has been announced but it is.

Happy Birthday Able & Captions Coming to Prime TV!

Last night several members of the New Zealand Captioning Working Group attended the second birthday celebration for Able hosted by Broadcasting Minister, Amy Adams at Parliament. The Minister was quick to point out the lack of a birthday cake, however there was better news for caption fans! Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams announced that captioning will be available on some Prime Television content with a focus on “on local, New Zealand.

As Well as Exposing the Wide Gap in Captioning, We Also Celebrate the Efforts of Those who are Determined to Close it.

The New Zealand Captioning Working Group are holding the annual National Captioning Awards at the end of November and we need your help with nominations please. The Captioning Awards have been established to celebrate and recognise the work that individuals and organisations in New Zealand have done to increase accessibility with captions across multiple environments. Use this quick survey to make your nominations and make any additional comments about captioning.

That Happy Moment when People say YES to Captioning!

That happy moment when people say YES to captioning! Today we need to give a big shout out / handwave to Peter Haynes Director / Writer of AFK Webseries fame. True to his word, Peter Haynes has captioned AFK and we are delighted to announce it launches tomorrow (6 November) with captions on Youtube. Check out the trailer here with captioning! Image Used with Permission: Mia Pistorius as Q, a.