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"NEW YORK (AP) - Two people in a recording booth deep inside a Connecticut office park are helping millions of blind Americans feel part of the Olympics like never before." Read more about the story behind live audio description at the Olympics. (Posted Aug 19)
Comcast and NBC Universal are delivering audio description for prime time Olympics coverage through Sunday August 21. (Updated Aug 19)
On August 2, the FCC released a Public Notice to remind covered manufacturers and multichannel video programming distributors (cable, satellite, and more) about the approaching December 20, 2016 compliance deadline for two new requirements:
Survey says ... only 2% of people with visual impairment feel they are getting enough audio description. That's part of the preliminary results of the recently concluded ACB survey. And when compared to the accommodation for the deaf community, it is an "injustice when captioning can exceed such a wide breadth of coverage across broadcast channels, while the blindness community is relegated to a handful of hours each week during prime time." Read more about the ACB Survey. (Posted Aug 2)
Audio description for select movies, right from your own SmartPhone ... as long as you speak Dutch! You can read about what's going on in The Netherlands with their product called Earcatch in English, though, and watch their demo. Earcatch in English; Earcatch in Dutch. (Posted Aug 2)
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)
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