Able are broadcasting live captions for the extended TVNZ One News midday broadcast of the All Blacks homecoming. I should feel ‘happy’. Instead I feel mad. TVNZ – still the only New Zealander broadcaster with the technical capability to support live captioning. The All Blacks arrived at Auckland Airport this morning. Breakfast television and many kiwis were there to meet them. No captions. No captions on breakfast TV news or.
We’ve said from the outset that support for captioning should not be a political issue because it’s about access. As a country we are a signatory to the United Nations Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Article 9 – Accessibility applies to all people all of the time. This week New Zealand’s track record against the CRPD is under the microscope in Geneva, and access to captioning.
I am completely deaf with cochlear implants, but simply cannot follow TV programmes without subtitles. I spend far more time on my Kindle than I do on TV because of the lack of quality programmes with subtitles. If good old free-to-air TV1, 2 and 3 (and DVD suppliers) can subtitle movies and programmes, I don’t see why the paid TV suppliers can’t! I would happily subscribe to a facility that.
Hardly a day goes by now without some media comment about Netflix coming to New Zealand, new Video on Demand services in Australia or New Zealand, or the demise of traditional TV. Spark, the company formerly known as Telecom launched Lightbox at the end of August. It’s their foray into Internet TV. Now we all know that accessibility of any kind, is best built in from the start of product.
The amount of times I go to watch the political debates on TV only to be disappointed because the captioning is not up to it. Not the fault of Able, but the fault of the type of captioning. Respeaking technology really doesn’t cut it. Stenography does, and it’s very unfortunate we don’t have access to this for live captioning broadcasts. Then there are all the you tube videos that the.
We’ve been asked this a lot recently so here are some stats. As this campaign is run purely on a voluntary basis so no flashy infographics from us sorry…. • NZ Stats say 380,000 New Zealanders are Deaf/HOH – 8.5 % of the population. • 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 are affected by disabling hearing loss. In 2009, 13% of the NZ population was over the.
Captions give access. We love New Zealand and would like it to be an inclusive and accessible place for all Deaf & Hard of Hearing New Zealanders. Here’s some ‘highlights’ over the last week. Thursday 28 August – Lightbox, the new subscription video on demand service from Spark New Zealand launches – unfortunately without captioning. According to Lightbox, the cost to caption is prohibitive. (In its former guise, the company.
Legislation for captioning is really important for the Deaf and Hard of hearing people in New Zealand. Without it, we aren’t going to see any great increases in the amount of captioning broadcast on Television, either on our actual Television or over the internet. We need to be following what other countries have done overseas, USA, UK, and Australia, to name a few. Even the Phillipines have Legislation underway. The.
See an Index of all our Captioning Blogs here.
Earlier in 2014, the NZ Herald Telecom chief executive Simon Moutter described ShowmeTV as “a Netflix for New Zealand” when the new service was announced (see the New Zealand Herald article about it.) It seems ShowmeTV, now known as Lightbox may have more in common with Netflix than initially meets the eye. As you might expect the Captioning Working Group met with the Telecom representative last week and asked would.