The Deafness Forum of Australia recently celebrated the achievements of the media and entertainment industry in providing access to the one in six Australians who are Deaf or hearing impaired. Hosted by Rodney Adams, an Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, the evening was a celebration of the impact of captions on literacy, human rights and social inclusion.
SBS Australia won the Online Captioning & Digital Innovation Award for becoming the second Australian television network to provide captions for its catch-up TV service.
The award winning captioning system automatically reformats television captions for use on online players and platforms. Now that the system is in place, no further human input is needed in the process, and there are no ongoing operational costs. SBS hopes to extend the process to live programs by the end of this month, and to provide captions to third party platforms where they are supported.