The ABC and SBS recently launched audio description services, providing greater access to their programming for Australians who are blind or vision impaired.
Both broadcasters are each now providing around 14 hours per week of audio described programming across SBS and SBS VICELAND TV channels on the SBS network, and ABC, ABC ME, ABC Comedy and ABC Kids channels on the ABC network.
To help ensure their audio description services meet the needs of the people and households who use it, you are invited to complete an online survey to provide feedback directly to the ABC and SBS.
Your feedback is valuable in continuing to inform how they deliver their audio description services. In particular, they are seeking further insight into TV and video viewing habits and preferences. The survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and is available via the link below:
The survey questions populate as you select responses. Please don’t press submit until the survey is complete (approx. 25 questions).
Blind Citizens Australia staff can assist you to complete the survey over the phone.
Your participation will demonstrate interest and inform the audio description service into the future.
Need help or want more information?
If you need support enabling audio description on your TV or set top box, both SBS and the ABC have provided guidance, including instructions for setting up audio description on a large number of tested television models, on their websites.
If you do not currently have audio description activated, many devices will require the assistance of a sighted person to adjust the audio language settings which enable audio description. These settings can be updated using your remote control and on-screen menu options, or by activating the accessibility features of your equipment.
Both ABC and SBS also have a range of information available on their websites, including lists of upcoming audio described programs, and information about you can contact them with questions or comments. Visit their websites using the following links: