Creating accessibility knowledge for future TV
Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
Shouldn’t streamed TV be for everyone?
Of course, it should! But, in practice, this is easier said than done. In Sweden alone, 700,000 people suffer from impaired hearing and need subtitling to watch TV, and approximately 30,000 people need sign language interpretation. Another 400,000 have some form of dyslexia and 100,000 have impaired vision and need audio description. In addition, an estimated 38,000 Swedes have some kind of intellectual impairment that makes it difficult for them to navigate a web page.
All these people have problems with watching online films today. Lots wants to change this.
In 2013, we won the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority competition “Innovation for all”, with the Usepack project.
Together with SVT Play, Schimpanz, Grunden Media, Handisam and GIL, Lots is developing an interactive guide for media developers and web designers to help them design web pages for streaming and media players that will allow everyone—and we really mean everyone—to watch online TV in the future.
The project will be completed and launched in the summer of 2014.