BT Sport Europe, CBS Reality, Spike and True Entertainment will be obligated to broadcast subtitles from 2017 under Ofcom rules on providing access services.
The announcement containing which channels will need to provide Access Services is part of Ofcom’s regular review of services as required by the 2003 Communications Act. According to Ofcom, channels found on the list are required to provide Access Services to enable audiences with “sensory impairments to understand and enjoy TV programmes.”
The number of programmes offered with subtitles, audio description or in-vision signing depends on a combination of audience share, revenue and how long a channel has been on-air.
In total 80 channels, including BT Sport Europe and Spike are required to meet full current annual requirements next year, with an 80% subtitling quota for most channels outside of the big five and BBC offshoot channels. All 80 channels are required to provide some programming with audio description and in-vision signing, depending on how long they have been on-air.
UK TV Channels required to have subtitles
BT Sport 1
BT Sport 2
BT Sport Europe
Comedy Central Extra
Nick Jr Too
Sky Movies Action & Adventure
Sky Movies Comedy
Sky Movies Crime & Thriller
Sky Movies Disney
Sky Movies Drama & Romance
Sky Movies Family
Sky Movies Premiere
Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror
Sky Movies Showcase
Sky Real Lives
Sky Sports 1
Sky Sports 2
Sky Sports 3
Sky Sports 4
Sky Sports 5
Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports News HQ
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