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Netflix closed captions offer an accessible model for the streaming video industry, but what about audio description?

Ellis, K. (2015) Netflix closed captions offer an accessible model for the streaming video industry, but what about audio description? Communication, Politics & Culture, 47 (3). pp. 3-20.

Abstract

With user preference driving the digital innovations of televisions, the opportunities for viewers with disability to access television via broadband and digital platforms are profound. Viewers with disability have the potential to experience flexibility in the form of accessibility features such as audio descriptions, captions, lip-reading avatars, signing avatars, spoken subtitles and clean audio. This is especially true as digital television and broadband services converge to deliver television services online through sites such as Netflix. Similarly, with television communication becoming increasingly social, people with disability are mobilizing online to advocate for better television accessibility. While some opportunities for accessibility are not being realised, others are arising through the recognition of people with disability as a niche audience.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: RMIT University, School of Media and Communication
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/37259
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