MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Mr. David Errington, president and CEO of Accessible Media Inc. and Mr. Philippe Lapointe, Vice-President of Programming and Production AMI-télé, are proud to announce that AMI-télé will launch on air December 16.
Accessible Media Inc. announced today that its French channel, AMI-télé, will officially launch on Tuesday December 16. Located in downtown Montréal, AMI-télé is the world's first French-language network to present its entire schedule with open described video, that is to say with narrated description integrated into all of its programming.
The service is primarily intended for people who are blind or partially sighted, but is also accessible to members of the deaf and hard of hearing community through the inclusion of closed captioning.
AMI-télé is a generalist network that will offer popular local and international programming, including major series, films, children's programming and public affairs.
"For people who are blind or partially sighted, television is a vital information tool and an ideal source of entertainment. For these reasons, AMI-télé will become an important means of inclusion for them and their families" explains Philippe Lapointe, AMI-télé's Vice-President of Programming and Production.
Licensed by the CRTC as a 9(1)(h) service in August 2013, AMI-télé will be available as part of the basic digital TV package offered by cable, IPTV and satellite direct-to-home services across Canada. With its open described video and its choice of content, inclusion is central to all of AMI's activities.
"The UDA, producers, major networks, everyone has been very generous and welcomed the arrival of AMI-télé enthusiastically. Thanks to these partners, AMI-télé will offer rich and varied programming," said Mr. Lapointe.
Beginning next spring, AMI-télé will also present its own original programming.
ABOUT ACCESSIBLE MEDIA INC.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization operating three broadcast services AMI-télé (in French), AMI-tv (in English) and AMI-audio (in English) as well as two websites, AMI.ca and AMItele.ca. Serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted, AMI's mission is to make accessible media for all Canadians.
To learn more: AMItele.ca
SOURCE: Accessible Media Inc. (AMI)