Important announcement - television captioning will continue despite the decision to close Teletext in 2013. Please read our full article about the Teletext closure.
Captioning is a vital service for the hearing impaired and deaf viewers, but it is not universally available and standards can vary. This section tells you more about how to view captions on your TV.
Many prime-time programmes on TVOne, TV2 and TV3 are captioned. In total, TVNZ captions 175-180 hours of television each week. Local programmes captioned include ONE News, Close Up, Shortland Street, Sunday and The Zoo. You can find out which programmes are captioned by accessing TVNZ's programme guide. Captioned programmes have a small ear symbol next to them.
Visit TVNZ Access Services to find out more.
SKY TV provides closed captioning on the following channels:
Animal Planet, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, TCM, TV1. TV2. TV3, Cartoon Network, Crime & Investigation, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, UKTV and National Geographic.
SKY will continue to evaluate the viability of providing further captions on additional content and channels as the information becomes accessible.
Closed Captions are available on MY SKY decoders. SKY Digital decoders can display closed captions through Teletext, where the television supports Teletext. If you need assistance, please contact Sky TV for advice: visit www.sky.co.nz, call 0800 759759 or fax 0800 759329.
The SKY TV SKYWATCH magazine features closed captions and how to access them. When a channel has closed captions you will see (CC) next to the channel name on the listings pages.