[access-uk] Re: EXCLUSIVE: The First 'Fully Accessible' TV Launched

  • From: Mark Magennis <Mark.magennis@xxxxxxx>
  • To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 13:06:16 +0000

Hi Tony,

It won't read text that is embedded in the visual track of the programme. This 
includes the opening titles, closing credits, scrolling news tickers, 
competition entry details, numbers you can phone or text to comment on the 
programme and various other burnt-in subtitles showing the name of a person 
being interviewed or things like that. There is no product available anywhere 
that will do this.

It will speak at least some of the metadata that is broadcast along with a 
programme, such as whether it has audio description or subtitles. In theory, it 
could speak other metadata, such as parental advisory codes, e.g. "this 
programme is not suitable for children under 12 years old". This metadata is 
provided in some countries but I'm not sure about the UK. I doubt very much 
that it will speak the subtitles for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. 
This feature, called 'spoken subtitles', is available on some set top boxes in 
some countries but I've not heard of it in the UK.


On 26 Feb 2012, at 18:36, tony sweeney wrote:

> yes, what I would love to have clarified is will the text on the screen be 
> read out i.e. news flashe, credits and the like; can't say from the 
> interviews I'm afraid but all will become clearer at the launch hopefully!
> Tony
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Gary Robinson
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2012 4:15 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: EXCLUSIVE: The First 'Fully Accessible' TV Launched
> Hi Tony and others,
> Yes, certainly very interesting,particularly that it is going to be across 
> the range of 30 models.  Whilst I picked up on the man from Panasonic saying 
> that it had basic capabilities he did mention it reading menus and EPG.
> It will be very interesting to see if this gives us another route to the BBC 
> IPLAYER and the ITV player which are acccessible from some Internet enabled 
> televisions.
> Gary
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: tony sweeney
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2012 2:30 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: EXCLUSIVE: The First 'Fully Accessible' TV Launched
> Hi Mod,
> Great that link, heard the two interviews.
> Wonder is there a link for listening to a demo?
> Looking forward to fellow listers comments.
> Best,
> Tony Sweeney
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Barry Toner
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 2:11 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] EXCLUSIVE: The First 'Fully Accessible' TV Launched
> http://www.insightradio.co.uk/first-accessible-television-launched.html
> Regards,
> Barry.

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