BBC Adds Subtitles to Live iPlayer Streams

By Gary Cutlack on at

The BBC has started testing the embedding of subtitles to live programmes streaming through iPlayer, helping the 20 per cent of viewers who use the subtitling options to enjoy stuff as it happens rather than making them wait for the individual episode links to appear.

The feature is supposed to be launching right now for people watching their  streams through PC and Mac browsers, before expanding to apps later in the year -- but nothing's coming up at the moment. Maybe it'll be working once it's time for Bargain Hunt at 12:15pm. Who knows. The BBC says you need to change your location to "England" in order to access the test of the live subs at the moment, which should cover the nine main BBC channels, including One, Two, Four, CBBC and News.

Gareth Ford Williams, the BBC's head of accessibility, said: "The BBC is already a world-leading provider of accessible services– but we know there is always more to do.  We want to ensure our content and services are accessible to everyone – and this trial will give viewers who are deaf or hearing-impaired access to even more programming than ever before."

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