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This Justice Department signed a "Final Rule" affecting the ADA Title III. "The Final Rule requires movie theaters [which have digital equipment] to: (1) have and maintain the equipment necessary to provide closed movie captioning and audio description at a movie patron’s seat whenever showing a digital movie produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with these features; (2) provide notice to the public about the availability of these features; and (3) ensure that theater staff is available to assist patrons with the equipment before, during, and after the showing of a movie with these features." However, theaters will have 18 months to comply, and the minimum number of devices required for AD is less than 1 per screen. (Updated Dec 3)
In late January Arts Access will be providing audio describer training in Durham NC. Read more about it on our Education page.
In late February, the ACB will sponsor another Audio Description Institute at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (Virginia). (Posted Dec 6)
Users of Comcast's XFINITY X1 cable box should now be able to access Netflix directly, including with voice access! Try it out and let us know how well it works for finding and accessing the more than 230 described shows on Netflix. Netflix/Comcast article. (Updated Nov 15)
Republican lawmakers apparently forced the FCC to pull four agenda items "in the wake of the election" from their previously announced November 17 meeting schedule including the following, according to Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). (See FCC Article. Updated Nov 26)
Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010: The Commission will consider a Report and Order which addresses the amount of video described programming required to be made available to consumers. (MB Docket No. 11-43).
We alluded to preliminary findings of the recent ACB survey earlier, but the final survey results have been published. Not surprisingly, 3/4 of survey participants want more audio description, and half have difficulty finding described programs. Check the link for more details. (Posted Nov 1)
ANA will be the first airline in Japan to deliver universally accessible entertainment on international flights. The service starting in November 2016 includes subtitles to help hard-of-hearing passengers understand dialogue and musical lyrics, as well as audio "explanations" [the word they use] to communicate on-screen movements and scenes to visually impaired customers. Both subtitles and audio "explanations" will be available in English and/or Japanese. Read the ANA Press Release. (Posted Oct 25)
There were three new Audio Described DVDs released on December 6: Jason Bourne, Kicks, and The Secret Life of Pets. Note: The Beatles Eight Days a Week DVD released recently was supposed to have description, but the first run was accidentally produced without a description track.
2016 Recent: Jason Bourne, Kicks, The Secret Life of Pets, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Don't Breathe, Pete's Dragon, The BFG, Hell or High Water, Kubu and the Two Strings, Mechanic: Resurrection, War Dogs, Finding Dory, Sausage Party, Star Trek Beyond, Lights Out, Nerve, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ice Age 5: Collision Course, The Legend of Tarzan, The Purge: Election Year, X-Men: Apocalypse, Central Intelligence, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, more ...
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will premiere Star on Wednesday Dec 14 at 9pm Eastern.
will premiere Incorporated on Tuesday 12/6, the same show as currently on the SyFy channel. There is no link for more information on USA, so our link takes you to SyFy; but we don't know yet if it is described on SyFy. Also, their long-delayed new series, Shooter, is also now on Tuesdays with description..
Be sure to check our daily listing (link below) for holiday themed specials offering description.
A group of blind TV watchers lead by Robert Kingett have been petitioning to get the TV show Switched at Birth audio described. The ABC Family network show, which won a Peabody Award, features several deaf and hard-of-hearing cast members with some scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language. The group was notified last week that "audio description tracks for this series are currently in production" with 29 episodes complete. The show is also carried on Netflix which plans to carry the description in early 2017 when all description tracks have been delivered and checked for quality. (Updated Dec 6)