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On May 6, Hawaii governor David Ige signed House Bill 1272 requiring audio description and captioning to be available in movie theaters when provided by the film distributor beginning January 1, 2016. "Every motion picture theater that has more than two facilities in the State to which the general public is invited shall provide closed movie captioning and descriptive narration, upon request, during at least two showings per week of each motion picture that is offered for viewing at the motion picture theater; provided that this subsection shall not apply when a motion picture is offered for viewing at the motion picture theater for less than one week." (Posted May 6)
After lots of social media pressure (spearheaded by Robert Kingett and supported by a recent ADP Twitter post, among others), Netflix has finally agreed to offer audio description on some present, future, and past videos plus Netflix series. The turning point was MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL. In addition, HOUSE OF CARDS, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and more will be described in the future. Read our page on Accessing Audio Description on Netflix. (Updated Apr 28).
Dr Joel Snyder's Audio Description Institute continues to attract a record number of enrollees; so here's another opportunity to be trained or "refreshed" as an audio describer this July. The Institute will be held on July 8-10 in conjunction with the ACB's 2015 Annual Conference and Convention in Dallas. ENROLL NOW! For full information, see the AD Institute brochure. (Posted Apr 9)
If you do not have video description passed through from your local TV stations yet, you may wish to check to see if you are in one of the top 60 markets. The FCC's standing order is for the number of markets served to expand from 25 to 60 by July 1, 2015. For more information, check out our new page on Changes Coming to Video Description Rules.
Also effective July 1: The History Channel replaces Nickelodeon as a required non-broadcast channel for audio description, and ESPN continues to be exempt. Read the FCC Order. (Updated Mar 17)
It's time to enter your nominations for the Seventh Annual ADP Awards. There are SIX categories: Achievement in AD in Media, Performing Arts, Museums, and International, plus the Pfanstiehl Memorial Award for achievement in R&D and the Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement.
See our Call for Nominations Document for complete information. You can enter your nominations online or by email or mail using the form included in the Nominations document. The deadline for nominations is June 19. View past winners in The Audio Description Honor Roll. (Posted Feb 22)
The president of the ACB, Kim Charlson, was recently interviewed for a segment on Boston's WGBH television, the local PBS outlet. She emphasized how valuable audio description has been for her in the enjoyment and complete appreciation of movies. The recent Department of Justice proposal requiring movie theaters to install description and captioning equipment was addressed, too. You can view the 4 minute segment below by clicking it, read the article in print, or click here for an audio version.
Another ACB member, Carl Richardson, also enjoys going to movies that feature audio description. He was recently featured in an article in the Boston Globe entitled, Devices give blind filmgoers Oscar-worthy experience. (Posted Feb 25)
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 now available in print, for Kindle, and on Bookshare! Details
BIG NEWS! Warner Bros finally released its first DVD with an audio description track: AMERICAN SNIPER. Let's hope the trend continues.
The following are recently released audio described videos (most recent first):
Seventh Son, American Sniper, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Mortdecai, Blackhat, Fifty Shades of Grey, Pitch Perfect (Aca-Awesome Edition), Mr. Turner, The Pyramid, Selma, Covert Affairs Season 5, The Gambler, The Wedding Ringer, The Boy Next Door, Taken 3, Wild, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Top Five, Annie.
In 2014 we enjoyed a new high of 88 described videos. See Also:
Join us on Facebook or Twitter (links below) to receive new described DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the top of this page. (Updated May 26)
According to , the series Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Season Premiere 5/26) is audio described this season, as is the new reality contest Bullseye (Series Premiere 5/27). Wayward Pines, a 10-part psychological thriller mini-series by M. Night Shyamalan, is underway already. Ken Burns' The Roosevelts series on is currently being rebroadcast on many PBS stations. And has a follow-on series to Shark Tank called Beyond the Tank, which began May 8.
The following described TV series have been CANCELED for the 2015-16 season:
- CSI (but 2-hour wrap-up Sep 27)
- Gang Related, Glee, Gracepoint, Kitchen Nightmares, Mulaney, The Mindy Project, The Following, Weird Loners
- About a Boy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, State of Affairs
(Updated May 26)
A brand new bilingual (English/Spanish) audio description tour is now available at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY, a place honoring the nation's only president with a disability. You can even download the tour for listening on your own -- all 14 hours worth -- in individual sections. (Posted May 8)
Last fall, Comcast announced an enhancement called Talking Guide to its XFINITY X-1 remote controller to improve accessibility for its customers with vision impairment. The X1 remote now also supports voice control, and Comcast now has a web page dedicated to accessibility (www.comcast.com/accessibilitysupport).
March 3: Listen to a podcast by Cullen Gallagher on how to use the XFINITY X-1 Accessibility features (excerpt courtesy of ACB Radio's Main Menu podcast, David Tanner host). Note, the introductory music covering the voice goes away after 20 seconds.
At the recent Academy Awards presentations, Comcast sponsored an ad called Emily's Oz, which showed how a little girl who is blind envisions the characters in the Wizard of Oz movie. The ad ends with a reference to the capabilities of the Talking Guide. Below you will find a 6-minute video (with audio description) of how the ad was made. Click it to play. For more information, visit Emily's Oz. (Updated Apr 25)
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