Finally …. captions on ITV player!

27 01 2011

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Today, ITV announced they are now subtitling online programming on ITV Player. This has been a very long time coming. They say subtitling is currently available for programmes such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street; however they will try to have subtitles available for 70% of catch-up content.

A task force has been created to drive forward and constantly review on-site accessibility and specifications. This is great news for accessibility – benefiting hard of hearing and deaf people, and those for whom English is not their first language.

I’m particularly pleased as I’ve just treated myself to a 50″ plasma TV … but I can’t tune it properly! Can’t figure out the wires either! So at the moment I’m receiving BBC1, BBC2, and BBC News. I checked out ITV Player on my laptop yesterday, only to discover it has no captions. At All. Grrr. So this is a welcome piece of news. I’ve just checked it out and, like the BBC iPlayer, you click on the S button in the bottom right corner to play the subtitles.

If you would like to have any information from ITV provided in a different format for accessbility reasons, you can contact ITV on 08448 814 150 or email itv.comsupport@itv.com and they will happily discuss your requirements and endeavour to provide you with suitable alternatives.

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5 responses

27 01 2011
Steve

Captions still suck, don’t they? FIVE’s catch up doesn’t have them either. BBC iPlayer is very good though with only the newest stuff not having subs.

What do you make of Google’s captioning on Youtube? I was really excited when they announced it but whenever I’ve tried to watch something on there the subs have been a mangled mess of rubbish.

27 01 2011
Funnyoldlife

Captioning is getting better although far too slowly fou my liking!

27 01 2011
ccacblog

Tina – are we exchanging blogs yet?
ccacblog.wordpress.com
How about a blogroll here on yours?
How about the CCAC Blue Logo?
other ideas? 🙂
cheers for your great blog and advocacy!
ls/ccac

27 01 2011
Funnyoldlife

Hi – I sent an email a few weeks ago! As for logo – scroll down to bottom of right side column!

1 02 2011
iheartsubtitles

Great news, itv are catching up. I can only hope the service improves and continues.

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