Today my friend and I went to test new personal subtitling technology in a Central London cinema, along with many other deaf and hard of hearing people. One of the big things I have missed since becoming deafened is the ability to just go to my local multiplex cinema with my wife and make a choice of which film to watch there and then. I have really missed going to the cinema, as the choice of which films and show times I can now watch is extremely limited and normally not at suitable times. This means that until recently I had only watched one subtitled film in the last three years.
Today’s experience was extremely positive. This new technology will mean that in the future, we will be able to watch any film at any time. This will give people a better choice of both film and show time, resulting in more people attending the cinema. There is still much more work to be done on this new technology in this country and it is still not available in cinemas nationwide. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, I will be able to enjoy a nice meal with my wife on a Friday evening, followed by a good film at my local multiplex.