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 firstname.lastname@example.org and they will happily discuss your requirements and endeavour to provide you with suitable alternatives.
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