IPTV for deaf people takes off

A new web-based television service, or IPTV, for British Sign Language (BSL) users has recently launched in the UK.

VeeSee TV airs news and other programmes in BSL and is available 24 hours a day.

The channel can be viewed on a computer or via a set-top box and is the brainchild of BSL interpreter Susie Grant.

She said she launched VeeSee TV in frustration at mainstream TV's inability to cater for deaf viewers.

VeeSee is the first dedicated channel for BSL users which also includes an interactive forum and user-generated content.

"My original motivation for creating VeeSee was seeing so many talented and gifted deaf people encounter barriers in showing what they were capable of," said Ms Grant.

"These barriers exist purely because of communication issues - I also got frustrated waiting for the mainstream channels to cater for deaf audiences at reasonable times in their scheduling."

View: BBC News

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