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Captioning rules for subscription television

We're seeking feedback on proposed reforms for captioning on subscription television.

Why we want your input

Captioning rules for subscription television (STV) are currently complex, lack flexibility and are not transparent to users. Reforms will deliver more effective and efficient captioning on subscription television.

How you can voice your opinion

Read the Issues Paper and/or watch the summary video (with Auslan and captions). Upload or email your submission by AEDT 11:45 pm on Monday 1 November.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will help inform the design of a new STV Captioning Scheme.

The Issue

Consultation Period: 1 October 2021 0900 AEST to 1 November 2021 23.45 AEST

Captions on broadcast television are an important accessibility feature for Australian viewers.

The captioning rules for subscription television (STV) are currently complex, lack flexibility and are not transparent to users.

The recently passed Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (2021 Measures No. 1) Bill 2021 allows for the current captioning rules for STV services to be removed from the Broadcasting Services Act and for new rules to be set out in a STV Captioning Scheme.

We're seeking feedback on:

  • the number of STV captioning categories
  • the annual captioning targets and levels
  • current exemptions available to STV licensees
  • a new racing channel exemption
  • a new 'low audience share' channel exemption
  • the publication of captioning information for prospective and current subscribers
  • maintaining some current STV captioning arrangements.

The STV industry, which includes key players like Foxtel and Fetch, has changed significantly since captioning rules were introduced in 2012. STV services are now competing for audiences with subscription video on demand services such as Netflix, Stan, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, and Binge.

A new STV Captioning Scheme will allow us to develop rules that are simpler, clearer, more transparent and appropriate for the current environment. It also allows for future changes to be made more efficiently.

We are seeking comments from interested parties on proposals for an STV Captioning Scheme, set out in Part 3 of the Issues Paper.

Issues Paper

Summary video

The key issues relating to STV captioning and proposals for the STV Captioning Scheme are summarised in Auslan and captions in the below video.

Upload your submission or email captioning@infrastructure.gov.au by AEDT 11:45 pm on Monday 1 November 2021.

Participate

01 Oct 2021 09:00 AEST
01 Nov 2021 23:45 AEDT
Closed

The department has published submissions received to the A Captioning Scheme for Subscription Television Issues Paper where publication details have been confirmed by the relevant parties and the submitters have agreed to publication.

These documents have not been produced by us and may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. To obtain alternative copies or for further information about the submissions process, please contact us at captioning@infrastructure.gov.au.

The department has published submissions received to the A Captioning Scheme for Subscription Television Issues Paper where publication details have been confirmed by the relevant parties and the submitters have agreed to publication.

These documents have not been produced by us and may not meet WCAG 2.0 Level AA requirements. To obtain alternative copies or for further information about the submissions process, please contact us at captioning@infrastructure.gov.au.

This consultation is closed.

Submissions

Aurora Community Television Ltd
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)
Australian News Channel Pty Ltd
beIN Sports Australia Pty Ltd
Centre for Inclusive Design
Deaf Services and The Deaf Society, Deaf Australia, Deaf Sports Australia and Deaf Victoria