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Subtitles now on the RTÉ Player!
Posted: 26th August 2014

DeafHear Subtitles now on the RTÉ Player! 2014


In August 2014 RTÉ announced that subtitles were now available on the RTÉ Player. This is something that DeafHear and other organisations have been seeking for a number of years, since the launch of the RTÉ Player in April 2009.

The RTÉ Player is a free online service that allows viewing of programmes for up to 21 days after they are broadcast on RTÉ 1 and RTÉ 2 television. In recent years, more and more people have been using the convenience of the RTÉ Player to watch TV programmes at a time and place of their own choosing, rather than watching them on TV at the time of the scheduled broadcast. However, up until now subtitles had not been available on the Player, and many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people could not avail of the service.


Approximately 3% of an average TV audience require subtitles to enjoy TV programmes, so for many people, the introduction of subtitles on the RTÉ Player will be a very welcome development. ‘This is a small but significant development for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. It is another step in the direction of reducing the social inequality experienced by Deaf and Hard of Hearing people’ said Brendan Lennon, DeafHear’s Head of Information.
At this stage the subtitles on the RTÉ Player are in a test phase. RTÉ expects to make improvements to the service in due course, and RTÉ welcome feedback at playersubtitles@rte.ie.


The RTÉ Player subtitles are currently available through the RTÉ Player apps available for devices running iOS 6 or Android 4 and above.
Further information on the service is available at: http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/help/accessibility/

 

DeafHear also welcomes feedback on the RTÉ Player from Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Please feel free to contact us here:

 

 

 

    


 

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