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Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports Network Announce Accessibility Features for the T20 World Cup

The upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, co-hosted by the USA and the West Indies starting June 2, will be a milestone for accessibility in cricket broadcasts. Disney+ Hotstar, the official streaming partner, and Star Sports Network, the official broadcaster, have announced the launch of special features for hearing and visually impaired viewers.

A first for the T20 World Cup: sign language and audio description

Building on the success of similar initiatives during IPL 2024, Disney+ Hotstar and Star Sports will provide Indian Sign Language (ISL) and audio commentary for ten matches. This is a significant first for the T20 World Cup and ensures a more immersive viewing experience for millions of cricket fans in India.

The ISL feed has a dedicated translator that provides comprehensive ball-by-ball updates throughout the live stream. This allows deaf and hard of hearing spectators to fully engage with what is happening on the field. For visually impaired viewers, the audio description feed will utilize voice-over technology to narrate on-screen text and images, creating a more immersive understanding of the game.

A commitment to inclusivity

The decision to implement these accessibility features reflects a growing commitment to inclusivity in sports broadcasting. Anurag Thakur, India’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports, praised the initiative in a press release, saying it will “enhance the viewing experience for millions of sports enthusiasts with disabilities.”

The ISL and audio commentary features will be available for ten T20 World Cup matches, including all matches involving the Indian team, the semi-finals and the final. This will ensure fans with disabilities have the opportunity to enjoy some of the tournament’s most crucial and exciting moments.

The introduction of accessible features to the T20 World Cup is a positive step forward for cricket broadcasting in India. This initiative sets a strong precedent for future tournaments and shows the importance of ensuring everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of the game. Given that millions of cricket fans in India have visual or hearing impairments, this move towards inclusion is not only commendable but necessary. Hopefully other sporting events will follow suit and prioritize accessibility for all spectators.

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