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DTV4All: Digital Television for All

Principal researcher

Name: Dr Takebumi Itagaki

Contact details:

Website: www.psp-dtv4all.org

Project details

Start date: 01/07/2008
End date: 01/01/2011

Description: The switch-off of analogue television in Europe by 2012 represents both a challenge and an opportunity for access services. Approximately 15% of Europeans will have difficulty accessing digital television for reasons such as hearing impairments, dyslexia, visual impairments, the complexity of setting up a digital receiver or set-top box, or difficulty manipulating remote controls.

Some of the project's objectives are: to offer and evaluate mature subtitling, audio description, audio subtitling and signing services in a minimum of four territories within the European Union for at least 12 months; to identify improvements to existing access services and ways of addressing the key technical, organisational and legal obstacles to the sustainable take-up of these services in the timeframe 2008-2010 throughout Europe.

Other organisations involved in this project

Brunel University is the project co-ordinator.

Project partners are: Institute Fuer Rundfunktechnik (Germany); Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (Germany); Danmarks Radio (Denmark); Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain); Televisio de Catalunya (Spain); Rai-Radiotelevisione Italina (Italy); Red Been Media Ltd (UK).

Last updated: 20/03/2010