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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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