This project is commissioned by BSL Broadcasting Trust. It explores deaf BSL users’ experiences of watching television throughout the UK, and particularly their experiences of watching BSL Zone content produced by BSLBT. Our research questions are:
- What do deaf people mainly watch? Do they watch broadcast, online or streamed content?
- Do deaf people know about BSL Zone and if so, how do they watch it, and what do they watch on BSL Zone?
- What genre of programming do deaf people want to watch on TV?
A combination of research methods will be used:
- Diaries: Participants will be given a specific timeframe of 1-week and asked to document (written or signed) what they watched, why they chose to watch it, who they watched it with, etc.
- Interviews: with individuals or with pairs/households/friends who watch TV together. People will be asked how they make decisions on what to watch and how friends and family members influence what people watch (eg. because of watching together or because of receiving tips)?
- Focus groups: to explore what factors leading people to watch BSL Zone or not watch it, and what deaf people want to see on TV in the future.