Discovery Networks UK has selected Take 1 to provide access services for its streaming platform, Discovery Plus.
While there are currently no legal requirements for providers of on-demand programming services in the UK to make their content accessible to viewers with hearing or visual impairments, Ofcom recently concluded a consultation on recommendations which they will present to the UK government.
The recommendations include setting targets of 40 per cent of programmes including subtitles, five per cent should have audio description, and 2.5 to include sign language within two years of the rules being introduced. After two more years, these quotas could increase to 80 per cent, 10 per cent and 5 percent respectively.
“Take 1 has been a trusted supplier of transcription services to Discovery for many years and have always provided high quality content and excellent service to our teams,” said Amanda Smith, VP of languaging strategy at Discovery. “We’re confident that they will apply the same dedication and commitment to quality when providing access services for Discovery Plus.”
“Take 1 are specialists in capturing dialogue accurately and creating captions that meet both the specific needs of the content platform and comply with OFCOM or FCC guidelines,” added Claire Brown, VP of global sales at Take 1. “By combining the talents of multiskilled teams to create high-value content, AI to streamline processes, and interchangeable data to create efficiencies across the content supply chain, we’re also uniquely able to deliver at scale while providing the personalised service of a boutique supplier.”