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Here you will learn everything about Audio Description, from what is it, to samples, to who does it, to how and where it is available in various media.  You can also join our online discussion, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and be notified of updates to this page by typing your email address in the box to the right and pressing the Submit button. 

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Broadway Show "Hamilton" Sued Over Lack of AD

According to a recent Reuters article, "The producer of 'Hamilton' has been sued by a blind theatergoer [Mark Lasser from Denver] who claimed that the blockbuster Broadway musical violates federal law by failing to offer services to help blind and visually impaired people enjoy the show."  Lasser is asking for one described show per week with at least 25 headsets.  Read the full article on Hamilton.  (Posted Jan 31)

Accessible User Interfaces Deadline Has Passed

December 20 was the deadline for compliance with the FCC's order for manufacturers of video devices to offer accessible user interfaces to visually impaired customers.  Check out the FCC Fact Sheet: Television and Set-Top Box Controls, Menus, and Program Guides.  Comcast lead the way long ago, and now it's everyone else's turn to comply.  Preliminary feedback is positive for Apple TV, AT&T DirecTV Genie (but only Genie), Comcast X1, Samsung TV, TiVO Roamio, Roku, and Verizon FiOS TV cable box, though quality may vary.  Check our How Do I Receive Video Description section on our TV page, or contact your own cable or satellite TV supplier for "what's available" and "how to" information.  You can report findings on our forum, and you can report problems to us at advocacy@acb.org.  (Updated Jan 24)

Netflix and iTunes Update

AD on Netflix We've been working with Netflix to get some missing back episode problems resolved, and we are now at a point where they are about as up-to-date as they can get.  That means there are no intermediate seasons missing, and the only gaps (that we know about) are season 1 through some number, where either no description was ever done, or the tracks aren't available from the studios.  These are noted in our listing.  A recent count showed 135 Features (movies, documentaries) and 182 Series with a total of 332 episodes, for a grand total of 467 individual described programs.

Netflix now has an exclusive streaming content contract with Disney and its subsidiaries like Marvel, and the fruits of that arrangement are already being realized.  See Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars Titles Coming to Netflix in 2017.  They have also recently released the ability to download some shows to mobile devices, and you can now view the list of shows with description on Apple TVs.

iTunes LogoiTunes now has over 500 described films. Most, but not all, movies released with description on DVD are available with description on iTunes, and we list that information on our DVDs page.  Usually they hit iTunes first, but occasionally they are delayed.  iTunes now allows users to get to the list of described movies from the iTunes app on PCs and Macs, as well as select mobile devices (like iPads). 

We invite you to view our own alphabetized lists of all described titles on Netflix and iTunes.  (Direct links to these are now at the top of every web page.)  We post updates on Twitter and Facebook.  (Updated Feb 21)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were two new audio described DVDs released on February 21, four on February 14, and we missed one (King Kong) on February 7:  Hacksaw Ridge, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Bleed for This, The Edge of Seventeen, and King Kong - Ultimate Edition.

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Recent:  Hacksaw Ridge, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Bleed for This, The Edge of Seventeen, Almost Christmas, Desierto, King Kong - Ultimate Edition, Loving, The Eagle Huntress, The Take, Trolls, Queen of Katwe, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I'm Not Ashamed, Inferno, The Light Between the Oceans, Keeping Up With the Joneses, Ouija: Origin of Evil, MORE... 

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New Audio Described TV Series

Fox has premiered the drama 24 Legacy Mondays at 8pm, the drama The APB Mondays at 9pm, and My Kitchen Rules on Thursdays at 9pm.

The History Channel has premiered Detroit Steel Saturdays at 10pm, Swamp People Thursdays at 9pm, and SIX Wednesdays at 10pm.

See our page describing what's described on TV and how to get it and/or view the current schedule of described TV shows.   (Updated Feb 21)

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The Audio Description Project's website collects and provides information on audio description in all its forms: live theatre, television, movies, DVDs, and more.  Started in 2002 by AD International, funding and direction for this website now come from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (started in March 2009).  Read more about this site ...

Audio Description (AD) is the descriptive narration of key visual elements of live theatre, television, movies, and other media to enhance their enjoyment by consumers who are blind or have low vision.  AD is the insertion of audio explanations and descriptions of the settings, characters, and action taking place in such media, when such information about these visual elements is not offered in the regular audio presentation.  Read more about audio description ...

Based on his doctoral thesis and teaching audio description around the world, ADP Project Director Dr Joel Snyder's book, The Visual Made Verbal, is available in print (English and Russian), for Kindle, and on Bookshare.  Read more details about Dr Snyder's book...

Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio description in select movie theaters, videos, live theatre, and television programming, and this website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers as possible. Thank you for visiting!