[access-uk] Access to television

  • From: "Brian Hartgen" <brian@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2008 09:27:00 -0000


As part of the final edition of our Infotech magazine for 2008, we are 
producing a very in depth feature about the position we find ourselves in as 
visually impaired people concerning access to television.  

I would be very interested to receive feedback from list members concerning the 
below points if people have time.  We would note quote you specifically if 
people do not want that, and I would invite you to write off list to me at
with any thoughts you may have rather than writing to the list.

Terry Clasper and I who produce the magazine are both sky Plus users and in 
addition to our own usage of this system, there has been plenty of traffic 
concerning this on various lists of late.  So we have a very good idea about 
the problems and the merits of that.  However we are interested in hearing 
1. Whether audio description is available as part of the BBC iPlayer. I don't 
think it is but want to check.  I will be talking about sub-titles because 
there is value in that for deaf-blind people.
2. Do you find using services like ITV Catchup or any other on-line services 
aart from the iPlayer a pleasant experience?
3. Does anyone have the new RNIB TVonics set top box and is that an easy 
product to use?
4. Do you have anything else to write about concerning your experiences of 
access to television which you think we should know about particularly when 
using a computer.

If you would like to be interviewed for the article, for example if you have 
one of the new RNIB set-top boxes and you feel you could give a good 
description of it or talk about whether you feel it gives you good access, 
please let us know and we can contact you by Skype or by telephone.

Thank you.

Brian Hartgen

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