During the 2016 Rio Paralympics, Red Bee Media provided live captioning, live sign language translation, and audio description, making C4 the first ever in the world to deliver a completely accessible Paralympic Games. Red Bee Media was the exclusive provider of access services for C4 Paralympics.

The Challenge

Completely accesible live Paralympic games 

  • Make the Paralympic Games completely accesible
  • Include live captioning, live signing and live audio description
  • Use deaf translators for the job instead of hearing interpreters
  • Because it was live, it was imperative that we were accurate the first time

The Solution

New technology training & treparation

  • Pulling in new technology and talent from across the globe
  • Training, preparation, research and rehearsals pre-games to ensure the best possible outcome
  • Dedicated staff of expert signers, audio describers and deaf translators

The Result

The first even totally accessible Paralympics

  • C4 was the first in the world to deliver a totally accesible Paralympic Games
  • 933 hours 35 minutes live captioning across Channel 4, More4 and 10 online streams
  • 20 hours Audio Description and 20 hours British Sign Language on 4seven