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      Naughty or Nice? Will you be able to watch your festive favourites?

      The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. With the cold spells of Christmas setting in, we’re all looking forward to some cracking TV viewing – right?

      By: Jessica McNulty | 11 December 2018

      With all the Christmas specials hitting the small screen in your living room, will these festive favourites have all the trimmings – including subtitles? The good news is that, compared to 2016, subtitle provision has slightly improved for on-demand services. At the end of 2017, half (49%) of all on-demand services had subtitles.

      The Ghost of Christmas Past

      Accessibility for on-demand telly still varies according to the platform. If you’re looking to catch-up on a programme over the festive period, very few services have subtitles on the most popular platforms. Take Virgin Media as an example; only three out of 24 services available on the platform have subtitles. Some platforms are better than others, however, such as a Samsung Smart TV offering seven out of 17 services with subtitles.

      The two main providers, ITV Hub and All 4, have the majority of content on a web browser with subtitles. However, if you’re watching on a smartphone, tablet, or Smart TV then you might not be able to.

      The Ghost of Christmas Future

      With the change to the Digital Economy Act (2017) highlighting that on-demand content should be subtitled, we’re hoping that, by next Christmas, the gift of accessible TV for people who are deaf or have hearing loss will be much closer.

      The Ghost of Christmas Present

      Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones and sharing experiences. If festive content does not have subtitles, then please do raise this with the service providerTo get regular updates from our campaigns, please sign up here

      Russell and friends making Christmas cards together
      Russell and friends making Christmas cards together

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      Recent Posts

      Ageing: there’s much more to it than losing your hair (cells)

      As we grow older, we’re more likely to lose our hearing – so we’re funding research to tell us why. Carina Santos, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us more.

      By: Carina Santos
      17 January 2019

      The ON and OFF switches of hearing genes

      A team of researchers, led by Professor Karen Avraham at Tel Aviv University in Israel, has analysed the processes underlying how genes are turned ON and OFF during the formation of the inner ear. Carina Santos, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us more about their work and why it’s so important.

      By: Carina Santos
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      If you use hearing aids, it’s important to look after them in cold and damp weather. Our hearing aid protection products will help keep them clean and germ-free all winter long, and avoid needless trips to the audiologist.

      By: Sally Bromham
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