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Digital TV Excludes Many, Report Shows
September 19, 2003

LONDON, ENGLAND--Digital TV is not accessible to many people with disabilities, according to a report released Thursday by the United Kingdom's E-commerce Minister Stephen Timms.

The 87-page report revealed that digital television equipment currently violates discrimination laws by excluding viewers with all sorts of disabilities, especially those affecting manual dexterity, vision and hearing. Digital TV systems are also difficult for many to navigate, particularly those that have had little experience with personal computers.

Recommendations include making it easier to purchase digital systems, including having remote controls visible where they are sold, writing instruction and installation guides easier to understand, and coming up with common design principles to make the equipment more "intuitive" to use.

"The UK leads the world in take up of digital TV, and we must not squander the opportunity to make the most of this advantage," said Timms. "This report provides a wake-up call to the industry."

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