Australia - Broadcasting - Teletext and Captioning


This report was archived in March 2006 and has not been updated. Until the breakthrough of the Internet in the mid-1990s, teletext had been the most successful value-added service in Australia. But it needs further growth to reach its real potential by entering into interactive TV. The teletext signal could be used for interactive purposes. The Seven Network launched a national teletext service called Austext. Since the mid-1990’s, Austext has been available to 96% of the television population in Australia. The teletext technology is also used for captioning, providing access to television for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The next major development in this area will be datacasting, eventually replacing and extending the range of services in this field.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Teletext
    • 2.1 Brief history
      • 2.1.1 Online pioneer from the 1970s
      • 2.1.2 Start in Australia - 1977
      • 2.1.3 Austext from the Seven Network
    • 2.2 Statistical overview
  • 3. Teletext analysis
    • 3.1 Missed opportunities
  • 4. Captioning
    • 4.1 Overview
    • 4.2 Users
    • 4.3 Brief history
    • 4.4 Regulatory environment
    • 4.5 Closed and open captioning
    • 4.6 Captions on Digital Television
    • 4.7 Receiving Equipment
    • 4.8 Video captions
    • 4.9 DVD captions
    • 4.10 Captioning in cinemas
  • 5. Related reports
  • Table 1 - Teletext availability
  • Exhibit 1 - Austext - Seven Network

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Last updated 15 May 2003
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