HITN and Dicapta Join Forces to Make Network's Content/Programming More Accessible to People with Sensory Disabilities

  

HITN and Dicapta logosHITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 40 million households across the United States, announced today its partnership with Dicapta to make its programming more accessible to people with sensory disabilities. 

Ensuring equal access to information for people with hearing and visual impairments, this partnership is part of HITN’s ongoing commitment to bring family-friendly, educational content to Hispanic households nationwide for the betterment of minority communities. The first show to take advantage of All4Access, Dicapta’s media accessibility technology, was “Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill” which premiered its third season on Jan. 31. 

“We are very proud to be working alongside Dicapta to make our shows more inclusive and what better way to kick start our collaboration than with ‘Mundo Salvaje con Ron Magill,’ an audience’s favorite and one of our most frequently watched wildlife shows that is ideal for the entire family to learn and be inspired to preserve nature”, said Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services of HITN.  

A man in his 50s seats on a big rock. His khaki shirt has embroidered the phrase Mundo salvaje con Ron Magill. On a deep canyon behind him, a white river flows. The All4Access logo appears on the top left of the image.The All4Access technology provides access to high-quality Spanish audio descriptions and captions for TV programming. Users watching HITN’s broadcasts are able to easily and conveniently access the audio descriptions and captions by using the app All4Access on their phone or tablet.

“Adding content to the All4Access Clearinghouse assures that no matter where HITN’s unique content goes, it will be accessible for audiences with sensory disabilities. While using braille displays, mobile devices, or tablets, audio descriptions and captions of the programming will be available anywhere, anytime” stated Maria-Victoria  Diaz, President and founding partner of Dicapta. “We are so lucky to have support from the US Department of  Education in this endeavor. We at Dicapta share HITN’s mission of promoting Latinos' educational, cultural, and socio-economic aspirations in the United States through quality content, now accessible for Latinos with sensory disabilities” Diaz added. 

To use Dicapta’s All4Access app, users must follow the following instructions: 

  1. Download the All4Access from the App Store or Google Play Store. 
  2. Play your content on your TV, computer, or any other device. Avoid the use of headphones since the app must ‘listen’ to the audio of the content to identify it. 
  3. On the app, select “Start” and then select “Press here to synchronize.” 
  4. Once the app is synchronized, choose the accessibility element you want to use.
  5. Enjoy your accessible content.

About HITN-TV 

HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming  for the whole family. It reaches more than 40 million viewers in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV,  DIRECTV NOW, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum,  Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice. For more information, please visit www.hitn.org. 

About Dicapta  

Dicapta Corporation is a communications technology company focused on making media accessible for people with visual and hearing disabilities. It has been offering high quality audio description,  captioning, and language customization services since 2004. Dicapta has served the TV industry, media  companies, educational institutions, and variety of organizations in making communications accessible to everyone. Dicapta has also been funded by the United States Department of Education and the United  States Department of Health and Human Services to work in the creation of accessibility assets and the development of technology to improve access to media for people with sensory disabilities.  

About All4Access  

All4Access is a global repository that stores media accessibility assets, such as captions, audio description, and American Sign Language. It simplifies the way assets are shared and used while protecting the rights of media creators. All4Access is a technology created by Dicapta and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education.