Apple TV+ and Disney+
On November 1,
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
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
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
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
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;
Angry Birds Movie 2.
Next Week (Nov 19): none confirmed.
Recent Described DVDs:
47 Meters Down: Uncaged;
After the Wedding;
Angry Birds Movie 2;
Fast & Furious
Presents: Hobbs & Shaw;
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark;
The Art of Racing in the Rain;
The Lion King;
Stuber; The Art of
Annabelle Comes Home;
Toy Story 4;
The Wedding Guest;
Spider-Man: Far From Home;
101 Dalmatians (Signature
Sleeping Beauty (Signature
X-Men: Dark Phoenix;
Aladdin (Signature Collection);
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum;
Ratatouille (BR Release);
The Dead Don't Die;
See these lists of described DVDs released in the USA:
Join us on Facebook or Twitter (links below) to receive new described
DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the
top of this page.
Newly Audio Described USA TV Programs
Most of these are NEW shows this fall, but
two are newly audio described existing shows.
mixed-ish, Tuesdays at 9pm;
Emergence, Tuesdays at 10pm;
Stumptown, Wednesdays at 10pm;
Mondays at 10pm;
Kids Say the Darndest Things, premieres Sunday October 6 at
Seal Team season premiere Tuesday October 1 at 9pm.
Bless the Harts, Sundays at 8:30pm;
Prodigal Son, Mondays at 10pm;
Almost Family, Wednesdays at 9pm.
Bluff City Law, Mondays at 10pm;
Us, season premiere Tuesday September 24 at 9pm.
Knife or Death, various times.
House Hunters Family, check local listing for times.
Treadstone, premiering October 15 at 10pm.
SATURDAY MORNING CHILDREN'S SHOWS:
Hearts of Heroes
Best Friends Furever with Kel Mitchell; Mission
Unstoppable; Pet Vet Dream Team
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