Digital TV’s Accessibility Study!

Digital TV Accessibility Study with the RNIB

Title of the study: Exploring blind and partially sighted people’s preferences with regard to digital TV’s accessibility

Name of the investigator: Ahmed Al-Talabany

Download or listen to the information sheet and Consent form


Please read the following information carefully to decide whether to take part in this study.

 The aim of the study is to explore blind and partially sighted people’s preferences for accessibility of digital TVs in the form of semi-structured interviews. You will be asked to talk about your experience of using the TV interface.

As you talk through your experience, you will be asked about the reasons for your preferences, concerns and recommendations that is related to the TV interface.

There are no risks associated with participation and there is no requirement to disclose any sensitive personal data about yourself.


Who will be involved in the study?

The study involves adults of different ages and sight conditions.


Your participation

Please ensure that you read and understand this information sheet, which you may keep for your records. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Please read the consent form and sign it if you agree to participate in the study.

Please feel free to ask the researcher any questions before choosing to participate in this study also anytime during the study. Please note that you have the right to withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason. If you withdraw after the study, your data will be excluded from subsequent use or analysis. There will be no adverse consequences for you if you decline to take part or if you withdraw during the course of the research.


Who will have access to your data and how will it be stored?

The research team involved in the data collection and analysis from RNIB will have authorised access to the full collected data. In addition, selected researchers may have access to the anonymised data in the future. Paper-based data will include the following: your consent form and your response to the interview. Paper-based data will be stored securely. In addition, Audio recording will be taken. The audio records will be stored securely in password-protected storages. All data will be stored according to the Data Protection Act 2018 and EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). All data will be stored for a period of time post-publication. After that, electronic files will be deleted and any hard copies of data will be destroyed.

How will your data be used?

Data from your participation will be used to explore the preferences of using TV interface. The data then used as a guideline and recommendation for service providers, designers and manufacturers, so that they make their design more accessible, more efficient and usable. The output will be disseminated in the form of a published report.

All reported findings will be made anonymous so that you will not be identifiable in any form of dissemination of this research (unless if you request this).

Findings will be released in the form of academic reports and may also be disseminated in peer-reviewed academic publications.

Who have reviewed the study design?

This study design has been reviewed by the RNIB’s Broadcast Relationships and Audio Description Manager in accordance with the GDPR and RNIB’s research ethics guidelines.

Research Details:

This research is being conducted by Ahmed Al-Talabany, Research Assistant Intern at RNIB and PhD Student at the University of Nottingham. Ahmed Al-Talabany is supported by the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Nottingham (UKRI Grant No. EP/L015463/1), the UKRI’s Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (UKRI Grant No. EP/M02315/1), the Satellite Applications Catapult (External Partner) and by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) (External Partner).


Contact details:

For further information, please contact

Researcher: Ahmed Al-Talabany


 Thank you for your interest in the study.


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