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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)
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
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
email@example.com. (Updated Jan 24)
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 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)
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.
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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