Thursday, May 5, 2011

Regal to equip theaters with captioning, audio description

From The AP:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Movie theater chain Regal Entertainment Group said May 4 that it will equip its digital theaters with technology that helps deaf, hard of hearing and blind guests enjoy going to the movies.

The technology will provide captions for those hard of hearing and descriptive narration for the blind.

Regal said it plans to roll out the system over the next 12 to 18 months. It expects every one of its 535 theater locations in the U.S. to have digital equipment and be able to offer the technologies for every show time by the end of 2012.

It is teaming up with Captionfish, a unit of Zero Gravity Captions LLC, which is an online search engine for finding captioned movies across the country.