In the UK, Amazon's Prime instant video streaming service bizarrely -- and inexplicably, considering the presence of technology being used by other platforms -- does not have subtitles. This severely limits the access that deaf and hard-of-hearing people can have to online video streaming content, and this past week some protestors took to the Amazon headquarters in London to try to change that. Among those people was stand-up comedian Mark Thomas, as part of his "100 Acts of Minor Dissent" project. If this is what it takes to make major tech companies change their platform on subtitles and accessibility, bring it on!
The proliferation of TV viewing options might be great for giving us a choice of what to watch, but it isn't always so great if you experience hearing loss. Long gone are the days of being able to reliably bash "888" into Teletext to get subtitles - and instead support for captioning technology wildly varies between devices and services.