Ericsson signs deals with ABC, SBS in Australia

Staff writer
Future TV Asia

Ericsson has signed multi-year access services contracts with Australian public service broadcasters ABC and SBS.

The contract with ABC is to deliver live and file based captioning across its television network of ABC, ABC2, ABC3 and ABC News 24.

Ericsson and SBS are also continuing their partnership with the extension of a captioning contract for an additional three years. Ericsson will continue to provide both live and file based captions for SBS TV.

"Drawing on a blend of our expertise and technical innovation, our aim is to ensure that we deliver the high standards of captioning that audiences expect, particularly when it comes to higher accuracy, lower latency and the availability of captions on all platforms,” said Thorsten Sauer, head of broadcast and media services at Ericsson.

Ericsson said its closed captioning business is one of the largest in the world, with hubs in Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States.

Ericsson has been providing captioning services for over 30 years and delivers over 230,000 hours of captions every year, more than 100,000 of which are live. It is also the world's largest provider of TV audio description and sign-language translation.

Ericsson's real-time platform supports live captioning in various languages for broadcasters around the world by using speech-to-text, newsroom integration and rapid offline content preparation.

The enterprise-level, schedule-driven software platform, which was developed in-house, uses the best possible speech recognition and stenography technologies to power Ericsson's live captioning services.

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