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to ask you to sign this petition for subtitles on Sky On Demand?

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drivenfromdistraction Wed 23-Apr-14 10:08:22

Sky have disabled subtitles on their On Demand service. Someone (I don't know them) is pushing this petition for Sky to buck up and sort out the subtitles.

As someone with hearing loss, I depend on subtitles for any audio. If companies are not pushed to provide it, they won't bother, and a big swathe of people like me will be excluded from a lot of content. It would be great if you would support this.

petition for Sky subtitles

JDanjoux Sat 04-Apr-15 17:28:44


I'm the petition creator, I have just come across this forum and saw it on Google search results.

I just want to say a big thank you to @drivenfromdistraction You've certainly attracted a lot of members to sign the petition.

Thanks all,


drivenfromdistraction Fri 25-Apr-14 10:32:15

one more bump

drivenfromdistraction Thu 24-Apr-14 12:01:27

I didn't know there was one! Okay, thanks smile

AmyMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 24-Apr-14 10:14:23

Hi there,

We've just moved this to our petitions board.

Slainte Thu 24-Apr-14 08:49:57


drivenfromdistraction Thu 24-Apr-14 08:30:45

It is certainly possible. I too find it infuriating that iplayer, Amazon, Sky On Demand etc. etc. all barely do subtitles. It should be mandatory - there are legal requirements for terrestrial programming, but because the law doesn't include digital (presumably it wasn't thought of at the time) they don't bother.

OddBoots Wed 23-Apr-14 18:26:13

Signed. It sounds like they used to have them and then removed them so they can't argue that it's not possible.

It's amazing how many of us who have full hearing like the subs on.

RuthlessBaggage Wed 23-Apr-14 18:22:24

I have APD so subtitles are a must. But iPlayer online tends not to have subtitles available either, even when they were available on tv live. It is absolutely infuriating.

jamdonut Wed 23-Apr-14 18:20:58

Now done!

WowOoo Wed 23-Apr-14 18:16:57


I like subtitles even though my hearing is fine.
Hope they pay attention.

jamdonut Wed 23-Apr-14 18:13:43

I'll sign! I need subtitles on most American programmes because I have hearing loss,and even with a hearing aid it is sometimes difficult to follow what's going on!

AvonCallingBarksdale Wed 23-Apr-14 18:05:00

we also need PROPER subtitles from professional people, not the million typos some have. I can understand for live programmes but pre-recorded? no excuse for bad subtitles.

I used to work in the subtitling dept at the BBC. Many moons ago it was quality that counted, then the percentages rose (which is a good thing), but the money/staff didn't rise so it became an exercise in churning out as much as possible. As long as people hit the 100% targets. Most pre-rec stuff is done live now, cos it's quicker and significantly cheaper.

joybee Wed 23-Apr-14 17:56:48


RiceBurner Wed 23-Apr-14 15:05:09


Thank you for raising this issue. (DH has hearing loss, as does DS1.)

I have signed up.

McFox Wed 23-Apr-14 13:42:07

Signed. This drives me insane - I'm hard of hearing and have not been able to wacth lods of shows recently due to this. If it doesn't change, I'm cancelling my subscription and sticking with Netflix.

Mummyslittleduckie Wed 23-Apr-14 13:36:34


HeartShapedBox Wed 23-Apr-14 13:33:40

this is why we got rid of sky a few years back, half the time subtitles weren't working on channels never mind on demand.

I'm off to sign now smile

MakeMineAMartina Wed 23-Apr-14 13:28:09

Im the same Holiday I have the permanent subtitle option on the tv and its so frustrating when they don't have them.

also another thing is when the subtitle is a minute behind the words said!

HolidayArmadillo Wed 23-Apr-14 13:21:16

Signed. I always watch with subtitles on, can't concentrate otherwise.

MakeMineAMartina Wed 23-Apr-14 13:20:48

Ill sign too. we need them..

we also need PROPER subtitles from professional people, not the million typos some have.

I can understand for live programmes but pre-recorded? no excuse for bad subtitles.

jeanmiguelfangio Wed 23-Apr-14 13:10:36

Im signing, subtitles were a revelation when I had a newborn screamer, amd I was really shocked at how terrible they are. Anything that raises awareness for the use of subtitles gets my vote

drivenfromdistraction Wed 23-Apr-14 12:13:55

DH likes the subtitles too, and he has bat-like hearing (by which I mean extremely good). Before he married me, he used to have the subtitles on the TV so that he could turn the sound off and listen to something different on the radio at the same time. Strange man.

badidea Wed 23-Apr-14 11:57:10

We always use subtitles (even though neither of us have hearing impairment) I think they're fab and I hate Sky, so I'm off to sign..

drivenfromdistraction Wed 23-Apr-14 11:54:10

thanks. I agree MrsBear, in the current technological age, there is no excuse for any programme not having subtitles.

Amrapaali Wed 23-Apr-14 11:27:49

I will sign it. I love subtitles. I always have them on.

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