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Ofcom plans to "encourage" on-demand TV providers to make services more accessible

Ofcom is proposing to "encourage" providers of on-demand television services to make their services progressively more accessible to viewers with hearing and/or sight impairments.

The move is one aspect of a new consultation that proposes changes to how Ofcom checks, collects data and reports the accessibility of such services.

On-demand services that would be affected by the changes include ITV Hub, All4 and Amazon Prime, among others. Ofcom is today consulting on changes to how it collects and publishes data on these services’ accessibility.

The regulator says that the proposals outlined in the consultation would help it "fulfil its statutory duties in this area."

The consultation is available online and is open until 25 October 2016. 

Last week, the BBC confirmed it was trialling live subtitles on the iPlayer streams of most of its main channels. It already provides on-demand content with subtitles.