Designing the Future of TV Accessibility

Designing the Future of TV Accessibility was a full-day workshop in Aberdeen on the 26th of May 2016 at Robert Gordon University. The event was composed of two distinct sections . First was a morning brainstorming session about the problems people face with watching television, and how they can be fixed. In the afternoon we explored ways to utilise a top-down model of the partners, activities, funding bodies, and strategies needed to address the challenges that TV viewers face.

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All the activities were done with the aid of 3 BBC representatives. Throughout the process they shared their experience and insight into the current research done by the BBC in the field of accessibility.

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To summarise the morning session we explored were able to explore accessibility through the several different themes, such as: making accessibility more accessible (making devices respond in real time to their environment and the person who is watching); creating better companion content (which may aid memory of complicated story-lines or add contextual information to news segments), improve the design of TV’s for specific purposes (such as TV’s in cars or planes should be further adapted to the environment they are situated in), and improve subtitles so that they are more dynamic and give more contextual information such as who is the speaker.

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