11th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessible Culture

19/06/2017, 9am-6pm
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

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Building accessible media - France Télévisions' strategies

France Télévisions

Speaker's information

Mattheiu Parmentier

Matthieu Parmentier started his audio career recording classical music CDs. He joined France Televisions in 1999 as a sound engineer for live programs, and was then in charge of sound recording, video editing and outdoor satellite transmissions for the news department. Since 2008, he has been working as manager for 3D audio and UHD video development projects, also organising conferences and professional workshops. Matthieu chairs the audio strategic programme of the European Broadcasting Union, the French section of the Audio Engineering Society and chairs or participates in several collaborative R&D projects. He holds two degrees in sound recording and video post-production and a masters degree in audiovisual research from Toulouse University. France Télévisions is the French public TV broadcaster in charge of five national channels, 49 local channels and 9 overseas TV and radio channels. All of its programmes are available live and on demand through IP networks over connected TV, PC, smartphones, tablets and video game consoles.



France Télévisions provides a number of public service channels on terrestrial television and a growing number of online channels (childrens, sports, culture and news) that are all available on The national television regulator, the CSA, stipulates the level of accessibility required for terrestrial channels, but there is much less regulation on the web; it is left to providers to do their best to make their content and delivery accessible. France Télévisions tries to lead by example by committing to the following:

The aim is to make this content accessible to the highest possible standards rather than simply seeking to fulfil minimum requirements.

To do this, a certain number of hurdles have to be overcome. Often subtitles, audio description and sign-language is added post-production which has a negative impact on cost and quality. Another problem is the technology used to support subtitles on television which hasn't evolved much since it was developed in the 1980s leading to multiple errors. And one of the biggest challenges: audiences using multiple devices to access content.

Forcing production companies to produce subtitles and audio description at the point of delivery and using web technologies to deliver subtitles, can help remedy some of these issues. In order to provide seamless accessibility on multiple devices, France Télévisions decided to develop a web player with advanced functionality. Completed in June 2016, the Media4DPlayer was funded by the French Public Investment Bank (BPI) and the Ile-de-France region and involved four partners who were all set to gain from a high performance web player with advanced accessibility features.

The project objective was to create an open source player that would be accessible to all. Users have the option to:

France Télévisions is also involved in a new project called SubTil which will be looking into subtitling technologies for a period of two years.

Watch Matthieu Parmentier's presentation on YouTube (in French). For subtitles, please use the CC button, and if you require a transcript do not hesitate to contact us at contact[at]


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