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Watch the Olympics using captioning services

Olympics Captioning

Have you tried out captioning? Captions can help those that struggle to hear the TV follow the action. It’s a free service, and it’s available on your TV right now. The Able captioning team are busy gearing up for our most exciting captioning event yet. Next week, 200 of New Zealand’s best athletes take to the world stage for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Prime will be carrying extensive coverage of the Games, and we’ll be working hard to bring you as much captioned content as possible.

Tune in to Prime to catch some of the action between 6th – 22nd August.

  • From 6am every day of competition, Eric Young will keep viewers up to date with the latest action on Good Morning Rio.
  • At 9.30am Te Arahi Maipi hosts Rio On Prime through to 3pm.
  • There will be daily Rio Kiwi Highlights from 6-7pm.
  • We wrap up with the Closing Ceremony – 10.50am, Monday 22nd August.

Captions for Prime’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games coverage have been made possible with funding from The National Foundation for the Deaf. To support their work, text GOLD to 4847.

Able- accessing captions


How to access captioning and audio description services

Keen to give captioning or audio description a go? Both these services are free, easy to set up, and are available on your TV right now.

Captions are available on a wide range of programmes on TV ONE, TV2, TV3, Prime and Duke. Some of our viewer favourites are Coronation Street, Shortland Street, Antiques Roadshow, TV ONE’s news bulletins, Millionaire Hot Seat and The Block NZ.

 Audio description is available on some prime-time programming on TV ONE and TV2, including programmes like Coronation Street, Shortland Street, Call the Midwife and Criminal Minds, plus a range of movies and documentaries.


There are several ways to access captioning on your TV, and it all depends on how you’re receiving TV. Head to our website for full instructions on how to access captions.

Audio description

Accessing audio description involves setting your TV’s audio language to ‘audio description.’ For full instructions on how to do this, visit our website on how to access audio descriptions.

If you’d like to be sent a free booklet with instructions on accessing captioning or audio description, or if you’re having trouble accessing the services, contact Able on (09) 950 5172 or hello@able.co.nz.


About Wendy Youens

Wendy Youens
Wendy Youens is the Chief Executive of Able . Able is a not-for-profit charitable trust dedicated to making media accessible for Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired audiences.