The way we watch TV has transformed over recent years – and it’s hard to remember a time before we streamed films or watched catch-up TV.
But far too many people with hearing loss are missing out, because subtitles are absent from thousands of hours of ‘on demand’ content.
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Last year, more than 3,000 of you sent a clear message to the Government that the digital exclusion of people with hearing loss must stop. We were also delighted when Lilian Greenwood MP submitted a Private Members’ Bill to the House of Commons in support of our campaign and Sky announced plans to increase on-demand subtitled content. After thousands of you shared your views in our Subtitle it! survey, we launched Progress on Pause, which shows the dramatic level of exclusion that people with hearing loss are facing due to inaccessible on-demand services.
In April 2016 the Government dealt a disappointing blow to the campaign by refusing to introduce legislation to end the digital exclusion faced by people with hearing loss. But our fight for subtitles continues. We’ll be building on the successes that you’ve already helped us to achieve, and calling on broadcasters to step up progress.
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