ABC to bring subtitles to iView programming

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The ABC has announced that it will be providing subtitles to all of its primetime programs on ABC1 and ABC2 from tomorrow, assisting those who need a text-based version of the audio. The new service will combine pre-crafted captioning (those already embedded in the file) and live captioning, and users will be able to select if they want this feature or not by pressing the CC button.

The new service brings it even more in line with the BBC iPlayer, which has provided this for some of its programming, while also being the first on-demand service in Australia to provide such an option.

In other news, it has also release some stats about the iView. In February, more than 188 shows were offered and had attracted 411,000 visitors – which streamed 2.954 million videos altogether. Top programs included Doctor Who (ABC2 when it offered), The IT Crowd (ABC1), The Colbert Report (ABC2) and Silent Witness (ABC1).