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A new company called Actiview promises to eliminate the problems that patrons have with movie theater-issued accessibility equipment. "When you step into the theater, all of the movie’s accessibility content will be available at no extra cost in our mobile app that requires no in-theater setting, fussing or maintenance." They aim to eliminate the frustration currently occuring with faulty receivers, dead batteries, etc. As one early reviewer put it, "Phone in pocket, enjoy the movie. That’s it." The smartphone product is still under development. Learn more about Actiview. (Posted July 21)
LISTEN to the 2016 Conference speakers! (Posted July 21)
On May 27th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on expanding audio description. This NPRM would significantly increase access to audio described programming on broadcast and cable networks. You will find a link to the FCC's NPRM below. It proposes the following key rule changes:
ACB has long been the leading advocate for audio described television content. We welcome the FCC's proposed rule and look forward to submitting comments on the benefits such expansion will have for Americans who are blind or visually impaired. While the first round of comments were due June 27th, reply comments are not due until July 26th. This gives individuals an opportunity to respond to industry concerns. ACB will be holding a national conference call the week following our 2016 ACB National Convention in Minneapolis, and in the meantime we encourage you to submit your own personal story on how audio described programming has positively impacted your life.
USE THESE LINKS to view the proposal, see other people's comments, and submit your own comments: (Updated July 19)
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Two new Audio Described DVDs were released on July 19: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Miles Ahead. The previous week, Everybody Wants Some, Miracles From Heaven, and The Divergent Series: Allegiant were released. (Updated July 19)
2016 Recent: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Miles Ahead, Everybody Wants Some, Miracles From Heaven, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, I Saw the Light, Kung Fu Panda 3, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Midnight Special, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, The Brothers Grimsby, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eddie the Eagle, London Has Fallen, The Young Messiah, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Anomalisa, Hail Caesar, The Other Side of the Door, Zootopia, Gods of Egypt, Pride + Prejudice + Zombies, How to be Single, Risen, The Finest Hours, Zoolander No. 2: The Magnum Edition, Deadpool, Joy, The Choice, The 5th Wave, Krampus, Ride Along 2, Son of Saul, The Revenant, more ...
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will be begin description for Ancient Aliens Fridays at 9pm.
will begin description for its new series Shooter on Tuesday July 26.
(Updated July 19)
If you have the opportunity to promote audio description locally to an organization you belong to or are asked to speak to, we have developed a ONE PAGE document that you can customize as necessary for your area. It explains briefly what description opportunities are available: live theatre, TV, DVDs, and internet streaming. It then points readers to our site to learn more (like specifically what shows, movies, or TV series have description). Download your own copy for customization by right-clicking the following link: Audio Description: What's Available? (Posted July 6)