What does the Digital Economy Act 2017 change for visually impaired people?

The Digital Economy Act 2017 requires audio description, subtitles and sign language on video on demand services.

Currently almost all audio description on broadcast TV never makes it on to catch-up services. This includes services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5. The law only applies to UK Broadcasters and so does not cover other on-demand services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
 
The availability of audio described programmes is expected to start increasing on catch-up TV over 2018. At present the minimum percentage of on-demand content that has to have audio description, subtitles, and sign language has not been set. This will be decided on by Ofcom over summer 2017.

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