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Media Access Australia Releases Report on Equipment for Access to Movies

By Cheryl Heppner, 2/14/12

Media Access Australia has just released a report that includes a review of equipment for access to movies.

The report written by Allayne Woodford has product reports for captioning technology for Doremi, Sony, Qube, Datasat, Dolby, USL, GDC Technology, and Rear Window Captioning. Potential development and services – Vista, Volfoni, and Xpand—are also mentioned, and technological issues are noted.

Australia has a Cinema Access Implementation Plan that requires closed captioning and audio description on at least one screen in all cinema complexes by cinema chains Hoyts, Village Event/Greater Union/Birch Carrol & Coyle, and Reading by the end of 2014. Audio description must also be provided for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

In addition to the requirement for those chains, captioning and audio description must also be available for:

- 1 screen in every complex with 6 screens or less

- 2 screens for complexes with 7 to 12 screens

- 3 screens for complexes with 13 or more screens

The report has some interesting information on potential developments and services. It notes that studios in the U.S. are already rapidly moving to 100{31ab897a4370feb218155abc15d7b38f5bba01528a749bd66fe114ec092a63fc} closed and open captioning.

For the full report and other information about Media Access Australia: