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OLYMPICS WILL BE CAPTIONED ON PRIME

Press Release

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OLYMPICS WILL BE CAPTIONED ON PRIME

Rio 2016 Olympic Games coverage each day will be captioned on Prime, starting with the opening ceremony tomorrow morning (6 August).

It is the first time the Olympics have been captioned in New Zealand. Prime’s free-to-air Olympic coverage will offer captions daily between 6.00am and around 3.00pm and on the 6.00pm Rio 2016 Highlights from August 6 to 22.
“SKY has a long working relationship with the deaf and hard of hearing community, launching captions for SKY channels back in 2012. We’ve continued to add to the number of channels that are captioned and that now sits at 23,” says SKY spokesperson Kirsty Way.

“Earlier this year we were delighted to introduce captioning on Prime for various NZ On Air-funded shows and other prime time programmes. We’re very pleased that the Rio 2016 Olympic Games s will now be more accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing Kiwis.

“While both SKY and captioning service ABLE have funded their components for the service, it would not have been possible without the National Foundation for the Deaf underwriting $200,000 to build the right infrastructure at ABLE for this fast-turnaround captioning,” says Way.

The National Foundation for the Deaf has launched a fundraising campaign – text GOLD to 4847 to donate $3.
See www.primetv.co.nz for Rio Olympic schedules. All shows between 6am and 3pm and the 6pm RIO 2016 Highlights shows will offer captions.