(You can also find out more about our theatre captioning at theatrecaptioning.com.au)
The Captioning Studio is pleased to announce its new Theatre Captioning service for 2012, ‘Go-Theatrical! Mobile™’. This patented technology will give patrons at participating venues the opportunity to access theatre captions on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, while captions are also provided simultaneously on plasma/LCD displays.
The Go-Theatrical!™ theatre captioning technology and service launched in Australia in 2005 and has since taken the Australian theatre industry by storm. It is now the only theatre captioning technology used by Australian venues and production companies, including the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre in Melbourne. In August this year, GoTheatrical!™ theatre captioning won the 2011 Best Event Captioning Award at the National Captioning Awards hosted by Deafness Forum Australia.
Nari Jennings, co-founder of The Captioning Studio, comments: “We’re excited about the launch of our latest theatre captioning technology. By offering simultaneous open and closed captioning in this way, patrons with a hearing loss have a choice as to how they access their theatre captions, and that’s just fantastic!”
The new service will enable patrons to download the Go-Theatrical! Mobile™ app to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and simply select the captioned performance they are attending fr om a list of available shows.
The app includes some extremely clever features which make the technology suitable for the live theatre environment. It also ensures that captions can be viewed only by patrons in the relevant venue.
GoTheatrical! Mobile™ is already attracting interest within the Australian theatre industry, with several venues planning to offer the service in 2012. Details of participating venues, as well as information on how to download the app, will be announced shortly.
The Go-Theatrical!™ technology was originally patented to cover theatre captioning on television-type display screens, which are positioned either on-stage or to the side of the stage. “We are thrilled to have patented and now developed Go-Theatrical!™ for use on mobile devices too. Australia can be proud of the fact that it is leading the world in theatre captioning access”, says Nari.
An Android version of the app is planned for later in 2012.
Stay tuned for more information on our website www.theatrecaptioning.com.au