Blind World Magazine

United Kingdom.
A first in accessible digital television, radio and digital media services.




Press Release.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006.




Portset the creators of the first Talking Teletext system for the visually impaired are proud to announce a new development. A first in accessible digital television radio and digital media services.


The Portset Digital Media Centre is specifically designed to make digital Freeview services of television, radio and teletext accessible to the blind and visually impaired. Program information and user key action is provided with high quality speech messages spoken to the user.


The Portset Digital Media Centre uses the acclaimed Nebula Electronics DigiTV product combined to Portset's high quality text to speech solutions which is specifically designed to make digital Freeview services of television, radio and Teletext accessible to the blind and visually impaired. This results in a simple and totally user accessible form of all Program information and user key action either from the integral keyboard or from the remote control.


The Portset Digital Media Centre provides spoken information of Now and Next programs and a 7 day Program Guide (EPG), using Portset's human quality speech system.


The system is a standalone product measuring 36cm wide, 10cm high and 27cm deep. User controls are available on the front panel together with a rotary volume control, personal headphone connector, front facing stereo speakers, CD/DVD slot player and Smart Card interface. External audio connector is situated on the rear panel as is the aerial connection.


The Portset Digital Media Centre provides the following capabilities: Automatic Tuning. Finds new channels automatically. Daily updates of 7 day Program guides. Audio Description. Spoken navigational Teletext. Pause and Resume of live programs. Record and Playback from internal memory. Audio Mute. Selection of channels by name and by channel number. Independent volume adjustment of television, radio,audio description and speech. Music CD player. Daisy Talking Book Player.


Options available include a remote control and DVD with audio description. Other Options being considered are Top-Up TV Smart Card interface and CD/DVD recording of programs.


NOTE: Not all channels and data services are made accessible by their broadcasters which are currently assumed for visual view access only.



http://www.dtg.org.uk/news/news.php?class=PR&subclass=&id=1670




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