[nfbwatlk] FW: Code Factory releases TV Speak in the USA
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Caroline Ragot - Marketing
marketing at codefactory.es
TV Speak US
Code Factory releases TV Speak in the USA
New Windows-based software to make digital television accessible!
For Immediate Release
Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain, June 22nd, 2011
Code Factory is proud to announce the release in the USA of its new software
application, TV Speak. After almost a decade making mobile phones accessible
to the blind and visually impaired, Code Factory has decided to move from
small to big screen and expand its expertise in accessibility to television.
TV Speak is an application to be installed on a computer equipped to receive
a digital television signal. Through speech output and magnification, TV
Speak allows people who are blind or have low vision to use the most common
functionality of digital terrestrial television in a fully accessible way.
The way people watch television is changing. In the near future we will all
use television to access the web and consume multimedia content and digital
information. Blind people cannot be left out of this new world of
possibilities. Therefore television has to be accessible and TV Speak is our
first contribution in this field explains Eduard Sánchez, Code Factorys
With TV Speak people who are blind or have low vision can:
* Access the Electronic Program Guide (EPG).
* While watching TV, consult information about the current or next
* Select audio channels to choose one providing an audio description.
* Schedule and record programs (image + audio, or audio only) based on
the EPG information.
* Tune and order television and radio channels.
* Configure both television and TV Speak parameters.
* Enable parental control settings.
* Execute basic TV operations such as change channel, adjust volume,
To use TV Speak you need a computer running Windows (Windows 7, Vista or
XP), a TV tuner card, and a TV antenna cable adapted for digital terrestrial
television (either portable or that plugs into a TV socket). The tuner will
make the connection between your computer and the TV antenna. One side of
the tuner has a USB port to plug into your computer and the other side has a
plug to connect to the antenna. In other words, the TV antenna cable is
connected to the TV tuner, which in turn is connected to the PC via a USB
port. In this way you can watch TV through your computer and you dont
actually need to use your television screen. However if you wish you can
direct the audio and video output of TV Speak to your TV monitor and use a
wireless keyboard to control the TV.
TV Speak is a product that Code Factory has been developing in partnership
with ONCE, the Spanish national association for the blind.
When you install TV Speak for the first time, it will automatically work for
30 days for free. Once the demo expires, you will be asked for a license
number. To purchase TV Speak in the US, please contact HandyTech North
America by email at info at handytech.us or by phone at 651-636-5184. You can
also visit the HandyTech North America webpage at http://www.handytech.us/.
For any questions about TV Speak, feel free to send an email to
info at handytech.us.
If this summer you are attending the NFB and ACB conventions, stop by the
HandyTech North America booth, ask Earle to show you TV Speak in action and
enter in the draw to win free licenses.
For more information about TV Speak visit
About Code Factory
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, Code Factory is the
global leader committed to the development of products designed to eliminate
barriers to the accessibility of mobile technology for the blind and
visually impaired. Today, Code Factory is the leading provider of screen
readers, screen magnifiers, and Braille interfaces for the widest range of
mainstream mobile devices. Among Code Factory's customers are well known
organizations for the blind such as ONCE, and carriers such as AT&T,
Bouygues Telecom, SFR, TIM and Vodafone. Since 2010, Code Factory also
provides solutions to make television accessible to the blind and visually
About HandyTech North America
Founded in 2005, Handy Tech North America is a Minneapolis-based company
that is owned and operated by business professionals with visual
impairments. In addition to our own innovative and cost-effective blindness
and low vision solutions, we distribute cutting-edge products for some of
the best-known companies in the assistive technology industry. Handy Tech
North America also offers customized assistive technology training and
consulting services to organizations and individuals throughout the United
States and Canada.
For more information, feel free to contact Code Factory S.L.:
Code Factory, S.L., Rambla d'Egara 148 2-2, 08221 Terrassa (Barcelona)
HelpDesk <http://www.codefactory.cat/helpdesk/> , www.codefactory.es
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