Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" - $2.99 if You Want Captions, Otherwise Free

Push Girls is a new show which premiered this month on the Sundance Channel. The show "trac[es] the lives of four dynamic, outspoken and beautiful women who, by accident or illness, have been paralyzed from the neck or the waist down" (from the site, here). It sounds like an interesting show, which would educate and advocate about disabilities.

An image from the Push Girls website.
However, according to this Consumerist post, you can only watch the show with captions if you buy the $2.99 episodes on iTunes. The show is captioned on television, or on iTunes, but not on Sundance's website here. In fact, when I looked at the player for the episode, it appears the player is not programmed to be able to provide captions at all.

This reminds me a lot of "rental versions" of DVDs you can get at Redbox and other rental companies which sometimes don't have captions. Captions are often considered a "special feature." (This seems to be getting better, but I still see it sometimes on 'rental DVDs' we get for the library I work for.)

This makes me sad. If a company is going to make a show available online, especially if it is a show about disabilities, I don't see any reason we should have to pay $2.99, or buy a cable/satellite television subscription, to be able to watch it.

1 comment:

  1. There's a name for that. "Deaf tax" and it's very, very wrong.


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