Able

New Zealand's screen captioning and audio description service for hearing and vision-impaired audiences. Making screen content accessible for all.


Overview

Able provides captions for TVNZ 1 news bulletins and a wide range of programming across TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2, with a selection on Prime, Three and FOUR. They also provide audio description on selected programming on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2.

The service is free to viewers and fully funded by NZ On Air. NZ On Air currently provides $2.8million in funding a year. Able captions an average of 275 hours of programmes each week, and provides more than 30 hours a week of audio description.

Able Chief Executive Wendy Youens says the service is vital to the estimated 70,000 vision-impaired and 700,000 hearing-impaired New Zealanders.

Able is run by the Media Access Charitable Trust. You can find out more at www.able.co.nz

Able captioner at work


How to access services

You can use your television’s Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), which will display an ear symbol for all captioned programmes and an AD symbol for all audio described programmes.

You can also use the TVNZ TV Guide, which displays an ear symbol next to all captioned programmes and an AD symbol for all audio described programmes.

Captioned listings are also available in print publications, such as NZ Herald, Listener and Woman’s Day.