Menu
Audio description trial concludes on ABC1

Audio description trial concludes on ABC1

Trial tests how broadcasters capture audio description through to its transmission in the broadcast signal and how it is received in the home

The technical audio description trial conducted on ABC television has finished.

Audio description is intended to assist viewers with a vision impairment by providing an additional verbal commentary that explains what is happening visually during television programs to complement the underlying soundtrack.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, said the 13-week trial was the first test of audio description on Australian television.

It was designed to test how broadcasters capture audio description through to its transmission in the broadcast signal and how it is received in the home.

“I would also like to thank those people with a vision impairment who participated in the trial, and those who have provided feedback to me and the ABC,” Senator Conroy said.

“It’s clear that audio description is a service that is strongly desired by the vision-impaired community, and the trial was embraced with real enthusiasm by participants. I share that enthusiasm for what new digital technologies can provide to enable improved access to television and other electronic media for people with a disability.

“However, there were significant technical concerns raised during the trial, with more than 1000 complaints from viewers whose reception of ABC1 was disrupted because of the audio description broadcast.”

The ABC will continue to collect feedback on the trial through a survey that is available online on the ABC website until November 7. It will then report to the government before the end of the year.

“The audio description trial is an important first step on the pathway to establishing a permanent audio description service on Australian television, and we were pleased to be able to provide funding for it in very tight economic circumstances,” Senator Conroy said.

Follow Us

Join the ARN newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags abcSenator Stephen Conroytechnical audio description trialtelevision

Upcoming

Slideshows

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)

Nutanix recently held its customer and channel event, .NEXT, in Sydney. The event, held at the Sheraton on the Park saw attendance from more than 150 channel and technology partners and customers. It was the first in a series of events Nutanix is holding in A/NZ in August and September, the objective of which is to brief partners and customers on “what’s next” in the design and management of datacentre technology.

IN PICTURES: Nutanix's .NEXT channel event in Sydney (+20 photos)
IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)

IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)

Some of the sponsors of ARN's inaugural EDGE 2015 event got together at the ARN office for a debrieef of the event. Over some drinks and cheese, these attendees got an update on some key statistics that arose from the EDGE event and discussed potential topics and improvements that can be made at next year's event.

IN PICTURES: EDGE 2015 sponsor debrief (+23 photos)
IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

ARN hosted a distributor roundtable at Cafe Del Mar in Sydney, at which attendees and their partners discussed the changing role of the traditional IT distributor. They spoke about the challenges of digital disruption, the blurring lines of the channel in the age of digital transformation, and examined the ever-evolving business models. This roundtable was sponsored by Distribution Central, Exclusive Networks, Rhipe, and Hemisphere Technologies. Photos by ARN Editorial Director, Mike Gee.

IN PICTURES: ARN Distributor Roundtable, Sydney, 26.08.15 (+26 photos)

iasset.com is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales, marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

Show Comments