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ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries

The ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries publishes original research on ICT technical developments and their policy and regulatory, economic, social and legal dimensions. It builds bridges between disciplines, connects theory with application, and stimulates international dialogue. This interdisciplinary approach reflects ITU’s comprehensive field of interest and explores the convergence of ICT with other disciplines. It also features review articles, best practice implementation tutorials and case studies. The ITU Journal welcomes submissions at any time, on any topic within its scope.

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Immersive Media and Accessibility: Hand in Hand to the Future

Abstract – Advances in immersive media can provide relevant benefits to our society. The future looks promising with the development of new communication technologies, formats and hardware, together with their wide applicability areas. However, a fundamental aspect remains unexplored in this media landscape evolution: accessibility. A lack of accessibility hinders the interaction and immersion with virtual reality (VR) experiences to many consumers, becoming a barrier for global e-inclusion and equality of opportunities. Making immersive media accessible then becomes a priority and thus the research topic covered in this article. After reviewing the societal impact and regulatory framework, the article identifies current advances, limitations and challenges in this field. Then, it presents technological solutions and insights from initiatives targeted at achieving a seamless presentation of access services (subtitling, audio description and sign language) with VR360 content. Although these contributions are primarily conceived for broadcast services, their applicability spans other sectors and can pave the way for next-generation accessible VR experiences with six Degrees-of-Freedom (6DoF).

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