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Here you will learn everything about Audio Description, from what is it, to samples, to who does it, to how and where it is available in various media.  You can also join our online discussion, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and be notified of updates to this page by typing your email address in the box to the right and pressing the Submit button. 

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Apple TV+ and Disney+

Apple TV+Disney+On November 1, Apple TV+ became available with all-original, all-described programming.  On November 12, Disney+ began operation, with all original programming described, plus a lot of older movies described.  We have not been able to acquire an automated feed of titles yet from either company, so we are hand-updating the info and title pages right now.  Please check back over time, especially for Disney, which has the most titles.  (Updated Nov 12)

New Website Navigation and Listings

With the addition of Apple TV+ and Disney+, we needed new navigation options to cover the described titles from both streaming services.  This necessitated a review of how we are offering those options to you, and we decided to revamp the header and navigation areas of our website pages as you can see above.  We have added a couple of other new navigation options:  Our Conferences and an "Other" listing of titles available with AD from sites other than the biggies we list (we expect this to grow over time).  We hope you find this useful and welcome your feedback.  (Updated Nov 12)

Cord Cutting With AD in Mind

With cable and satellite TV costs rising, many customers (1.7 million in 3Q19) are investigating cord cutting, looking for lower-cost alternatives.  This becomes even more important as the streaming wars heat up, with additional fees for their services.  But what is a person to do if they depend upon that good old SAP channel for audio description?  Your webmaster faced this decision and investigated many options.  You can read his report of how to approach the problem, what solutions are out there, and what he finally decided upon, with a complete review of that service on our new page, Cord-Cutting Options Supporting Audio Description.  We hope to keep expanding this page as we get other users' success stories -- and we have one already for The Channels App.  Send your feedback to the webmaster.  (Updated Nov 12)

Audio-Described Painted Hall Tour - UK

Discover the UK’s Sistine Chapel:  the Painted Hall at Greenwich’s Old Royal Naval College, an epic 18th-century masterpiece has now reopened following an £8.5 million makeover.  Painted between 1707 and 1726, the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College is Britain’s largest painted ceiling and hides many surprises.  The tour is delivered by an expert tour guide who has been trained in audio-description by VocalEyes Read more about the November 16th tour.  (Posted Oct 29)

AD Titles Milestones Reached!

In a sense they are arbitrary, but we like "round numbers."  Congratulations to both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video for breaking 1000 titles each this week!  (iTunes already did.)  And in turn, that lets us break the 3000 described titles mark in our Master AD List (which has been reformatted slightly to make it easier to get more information about each title).  (Posted October 15)

FCC Report to Congress

On October 10, the FCC published its Report to Congress on the status of Video Description in the USA.  Read our summary of the FCC Report, with a link to the full report.  (Originally Posted Oct 10)

FCC Grants Limited Waiver to USA Network

We previously reported that USA Network had requested a waiver from the FCC regarding the number of hours of described programming, specifically regarding repeats.  The FCC has decided the issue as follows:

"On October 7, 2019, the FCC's Media Bureau granted a limited waiver requested by NBCUniversal ... on behalf of its wholly owned nonbroadcast programming network, USA Network, of the Commission's video description rules, as long as USA Network airs at least 1,000 hours of described programming each quarter without regard to the number of repeats and describes at least 75 percent of any newly produced, non-live programming that is aired between 6:00 a.m. and midnight per quarter. However, the FCC declined to grant NBCUniversal's proposed safe harbor from the video description requirements for other similarly situated, top five nonbroadcast networks."  (Posted Oct 8)

Nomination for Audio Description Narration

For most movies and TV shows, the job of getting description to you lies with two professionals:  an audio description WRITER, and the person who VOICES the description (a voice-over artist or narrator).  For what is perhaps the first time, a professional organization (SOLAS, the Society of Voice Artists and Sciences) has nominated an audio description narrator for an award.  The category is "Outstanding Narration – TV, Film or Web – Best Voiceover," and the nominee is Roy Samuelson for his work on Universal's 2019 release of Glass.  It's great to see any component of audio description get recognition like this, and we congratulate Roy on the nomination and wish him luck!  (And speaking of Roy, here is yet another article on audio description by or about Roy:  Bringing TV and Movies to Life with Audio Description.)  (Posted Oct 8)

Disability Advisory Committee Recommendations to the FCC

AD LogoSeveral ADP committee members are on the FCC's Disability Advisory Committee (DAC).  On September 24th, the DAC finalized a recommendation to the FCC on the subject of Described Audio TV Listings.  Ultimately, they recommend that "the Commission encourage all networks, channels, cable, satellite, fiber, streaming, and other services that provide video programming with audio description to provide timely, accurate program listings in accessible form, including ... on aggregator services, on their own websites, and in program guides."  Interestingly, they also recommend that the FCC drop the term "video description" in favor of the well-established  term "audio description" and "encourage other entities to do the same as a best practice."  They also recommend that the FCC adopt and recommend that others adopt the well-known Graphic Artists Guild AD symbol (above right) as the official standardized logo.  Read the full DAC Recommendation.  (Posted Oct 1)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On November 12, 5 DVDs were released with audio description tracks:  47 Meters Down: Uncaged; After the Wedding; Brian Banks; Good Boys; The Angry Birds Movie 2.

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Coming Next Week (Nov 19):  none confirmed.

Recent Described DVDs:  47 Meters Down: Uncaged; After the Wedding; Brian Banks; Good Boys; The Angry Birds Movie 2; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; The Art of Racing in the Rain; The Kitchen; Luce; The Lion King; Crawl; Stuber; The Art of Self-Defense; Annabelle Comes Home; Toy Story 4; The Wedding Guest; Maiden; Spider-Man: Far From Home; 101 Dalmatians (Signature Collection); Anna; Child's Play; Pavarotti; Shaft (2019); Sleeping Beauty (Signature Collection); Yesterday; X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Aladdin; Aladdin (Signature Collection); John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum; Ratatouille (BR Release); The Dead Don't Die; Booksmart; Ma; more...   

See these lists of described DVDs released in the USA:

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Newly Audio Described USA TV Programs

Most of these are NEW shows this fall, but two are newly audio described existing shows.

ABC mixed-ish, Tuesdays at 9pm; Emergence, Tuesdays at 10pm;  Stumptown, Wednesdays at 10pm;  Grand Hotel, Mondays at 10pm; Kids Say the Darndest Things, premieres Sunday October 6 at 8pm.

CBS Seal Team season premiere Tuesday October 1 at 9pm.

Fox Bless the Harts, Sundays at 8:30pm; Prodigal Son, Mondays at 10pm; Almost Family, Wednesdays at 9pm.

NBC Bluff City Law, Mondays at 10pm; This Is Us, season premiere Tuesday September 24 at 9pm.

History Channel Knife or Death, various times.

HGTV House Hunters Family, check local listing for times.  New Oct 22

USA Network Treadstone, premiering October 15 at 10pm.

SATURDAY MORNING CHILDREN'S SHOWS: 

ABC Hearts of Heroes

CBS Best Friends Furever with Kel Mitchell; Mission Unstoppable; Pet Vet Dream Team

NBC A New Leaf

See our Daily TV Schedule and TV Schedule by Network.

The 2020 BADIE Contest is Open!

Each Fall, the ADP, in conjunction with the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), sponsors the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest.  Students ages 7 to 21 view an audio described video and write a review of that movie.  PRIZES will be awarded in each age category.  Read the details about entering the BADIE Contest!  (Posted Sep 10)

Looking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

If you are looking for a movie or TV series with description, please consult our Master AD List.  It includes all TV series on FCC-mandated networks, those in syndication with streaming services, plus original offerings from the five streaming services (Apple TV+, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Prime Video).  All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on the streaming services.  There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world! 

Help With Promoting Audio Description Locally

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?   (Reposted Nov 1)

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The Audio Description Project's website collects and provides information on audio description in all its forms: live theatre, television, movies, DVDs, and more.  Started in 2002 by AD International, funding and direction for this website now come from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (started in March 2009).  Read more about this site...

Audio Description (AD) is the descriptive narration of key visual elements of live theatre, television, movies, and other media to enhance their enjoyment by consumers who are blind or have low vision.  AD is the insertion of audio explanations and descriptions of the settings, characters, and action taking place in such media, when such information about these visual elements is not offered in the regular audio presentation.  Read more about audio description...

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 available in print (English and Russian), for Kindle, and on Bookshare.  Read more details about Dr. Snyder's book...

Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio description in select movie theaters, videos, live theatre, and television programming, and this website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers as possible. Thank you for visiting!