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Any hope of deaf and hard-of-hearing Kiwis getting television subtitles for the remaining Rugby World Cup games have been dashed because broadcasters don't have the capability.

The Green Party are calling for the Government to make captioning mandatory on New Zealand screens and in time for Kiwis to be able to enjoy some of the remaining games.

But Cabinet Minister Nikki Kaye who fielded questions on the issue in Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams' absence said technical issues around doing it wouldn't be resolved within the next few weeks.

"It's all about how you get that live feed from broadcasters overseas and that's just not possible."

She said the Government wouldn't make television captioning mandatory because it would put a lot of cost on broadcasters.

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