UK’s first sign language channel launches on ITVX, broadcaster says

The first global British Sign Language (BSL) channel has been launched on ITVX, the broadcaster said.

TV’s new streaming platform will host a signed program-only station, and will be regularly updated with new shows and archives.

When it starts, episodes about Emmerdale and Coronation Street, Cilla, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, Vera, Lewis and The Saint will be in the BSL.

The Royal National Institute of the Deaf deputy director Teri Devine said the foundation was “delighted” by the move, adding: “Building accessibility from the start is crucial and should be standards, and we look forward to seeing ITV expand its reach services worldwide. remaining platforms.

David Padmore, director of accessibility at ITV, said: “We are committed to putting great accessibility at the heart of ITVX and our service at launch represents significant progress. on ITV Hub.

“Our ITV signed channel provides us with a great platform to showcase our extensive archive of signed shows.”

The streaming platform will have subtitles for more than 90% of on-demand shows at launch with over 10,000 hours worth of content.

For live TV streamed on ITVX, subtitles will be available to approximately 80% of viewers.


Alan Carr’s epic game will be made available on the new British Sign Language channel (Matt Crossick/PA)

Subtilties will also be offered on 20 ITVX-themed channels, providing a scheduled single-channel viewing experience with curated shows.

ITVX is working to provide access to Freeview, YouView, Freesat and Chromecast customers.

The broadcaster said the subtitle issue would be resolved in the first half of 2023.

Audio descriptions are available for about 20% of the content and all new ITV dramas, it also said.

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