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Streaming Video Services Offering Audio Description

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Video Streaming"Streaming video" (or VOD, Video On Demand) refers to video (like a movie) which is delivered to an end-user upon request (demand) over the Internet in a continuous transmission or stream.  Typically, the video is viewed in real time, but it may also be capable of being downloaded for later viewing.  When a subscription fee is charged (like Netflix), this delivery mechanism is called SVOD, Subscription Video On Demand.  If you make the purchases one at a time (like iTunes), it is called TVOD, Transactional Video On Demand.  These methods of delivery are different from over-the-air, cable, or satellite television, or a video on disc.  (You can learn about those alternative methods of delivery on our Television or DVDs web pages.)  LAST UPDATE:  October 31, 2018.

AirplaneNOTE:  The following airlines are known to provide audio described content via their in-flight entertainment systems:  ANA (Japan), Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia.  Such services would only be available on flights offering individual screens on seat backs or those which support using your own device (like an iPad or computer).

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Service Description of Offering Examples

The following services include SOME audio described programming.

Netflix logo

The dominant* provider of streaming video with audio description is Netflix, a subscription service available in nearly 200 countries ($8-$14/month in the USA for unlimited viewing using web browsers, tablets, and handheld computing devices).  They offer over 700 audio described TV series, documentaries, original programming, and children's shows in the USA.  Once a member, you can find a link labeled "Audio Description" at the bottom of the main page when viewed via a web browser, or in a menu on other devices, or you can see our alphabetized list of Audio Described Programs on Netflix anytime.  See our page Audio Description via Netflix for more information.  (As of October 2018, Netflix has over 130 million subscribers with over 56 million in the United States.)  NOTE:  Netflix was the recipient of the ADP's 2015 Achievement in Audio Description – Media, as well as the AFB's 2017 Helen Keller Achievement Award.

Criminal Minds (TV Series), Grace and Frankie (Original Programming), Making a Murderer (Documentary), Cocktail and Shrek (movies), plus lots of children's programming
iTunes logo

Apple's iTunes offers over 900 movies with audio description tracks for rent (streaming) or purchase (downloading).  They are designated with the icon AD after the movie title in the description.  To find audio described content on iTunes, open iTunes, go to Store, select Movies (Ctrl-2 on a PC, Command-2 on a Mac), and click "Movies with Audio Descriptions" in the Movies Quick Links, which is on the side in a PC or Mac browser, or the bottom on an iPad.  If you have a Safari browser, you can click this iTunes AD link.  You may also check individual movies of interest, or see our alphabetized list of Audio Described Movies on iTunes.  Also see:  How to Rent a Movie from iTunesUpdate Note also that Apple is planning a subscription TV service in 2019, about which little is known at this time.

American Sniper, Beauty and the Beast, Ghostbusters, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Table 19, The LEGO Batman Movie
Amazon Prime Video logo

Amazon began offering audio described videos in June 2017, and they call their service Prime Video.  They now offer over 400 movies and Amazon-produced TV shows with audio description tracks, with multiple viewing devices supported including all the "Fire" products.  Some of the programming is available free to Amazon Prime members, while the majority of it requires a payment for either online streaming or downloading.  For access information and title listing, see our page Amazon Audio Described Programs, or go directly to the Amazon AD Video page for title selection.  (NOTE:  At the present time, you may find that our own page contains a more current listing than Amazon's and is easier to use ...)

Bosch (TV series), Arrival, Divergent, Fences, Office Christmas Party, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Youtube TV New Oct '18:  Youtube TV is a paid OTT (over-the-top) streaming subscription service which streams live TV from the five major broadcast networks in the USA, plus over 50 other channels for $40/month.  They refer to this service as Cable-Free Live TV.  Our testing indicates that audio description is available, though not 100%.  For instance, one user tells us that on-demand content does not have AD, whiile another user says it is difficult to navigate with an Apple TV.  We offer this guide to accessing YouTube TV AD, and a user offers this review. Depends on network
Watch ABC logo

The Watch ABC App offers access to live content and select previous episodes from mobile devices in select markets for free.  Generally (but not always), if an ABC show offers audio description, the show will be described using the appNOTE:  To activate description, you must do so via your device settings, not the app itself.  For example (with iOS devices):  Settings, General, Accessibility, Audio Descriptions, On.  NOTE:  ABC Digital was the recipient of the ADP's 2017 Achievement in Audio Description - Media for this app!

black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Modern Family, Shark Tank
Passport The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) offers an app called Passport which streams much of their programming.  If a program has an audio description track, you can activate it just before the program plays.  To use Passport you must be a Sustaining Member of your local PBS station ($5/month or $60/year).  Update October 2018:  Someone who tried this said it didn't work.  If you can confirm this AD service still works, please notify the webmaster. Nova

(Members: please send us more titles!)
Vimeo

Vimeo is a free streaming service where users upload their own videos.  A very small number of the uploaded videos contain audio description and are generally so-designated in their titles. Our link takes you to the list of titles matching "audio description" or "audio described," as both terms are used, but many of them are demos, movie trailers, or discussions of audio description.

Driving Blind (movie), Muse of Fire (documentary), Movie Trailers, Short Films
Pornhub

The Pornhub website provides a subset of their "adult" videos in a category named "Described Video." Further information is available in this article in the SFO Guardian.

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Previous or Status-Unknown Described Streaming Services.
Please email the webmaster with any updates.

Disney Movies Anywhere Logo

The Disney Movies Anywhere service closed on February 28, 2018, with conversion to the Movies Anywhere app, which does NOT contain the "Sync & Play" ability to deliver audio description tracks like its predecessor.  Movies Anywhere is simply a consolidator for your own movies purchased separately.  The ADP has contacted Disney regarding the lack of Audio Description Support, without a response...  Disney's Announcement.

Note that Disney plans to offer a streaming service in 2019, reportedly to be called Disney Play.  We are hopeful that the service will offer audio description, but we do not know.  See more information on Disney Play below.

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Tell Me TV This service was removed from our listing above in November 2017 because their website is not being updated and the support email address does not work. n/a

Other TV Network Streaming Services, NONE of which offer description as far as we know.
They are included here so that you can urge them to do so!

CBS All Access Logo The CBS All Access App offers access to live content (in select markets) and over 7500 previous episodes via streaming devices like Apple TV, Roku, and ChromeCast, plus iOS and Android devices.  There is a fee for service; however, they do not offer any audio described content at this time, replying to our 2016 inquiry that they would "forward your suggestions to the programmers/developers for further review and future feature consideration."  We asked again in February 2018 and received no reply. None
Fox Now Logo The FOX NOW App offers free access to Fox shows for iOS, Android, and other mobile devices; however, they do not offer any audio described content at this time.  (They replied to our February 2016 inquiry:  "it is not a feature we offer on online streaming at this time.")   We asked again in February 2018 and are received no reply. None 
NBC App Logo The NBC App offers free access to new and classic NBC shows on various devices, including iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, and Roku; however, they do not offer any audio described content at this time that we know about.   We asked for an update in February 2018 and received no reply. None
PBS Anywhere Logo The PBS Anywhere App is available for select platforms like Windows 10, iOS, and others.  They offer "a rich and varied selection of countless videos."  However, as far as we know, they do not offer any audio described content at this time.  We asked for an update in February 2018 and received no reply.  Please see the PBS Passport entry above. None
DirecTV Now DirecTV Now is a brand new service on November 30 at $35-$70/month which offers "your favorite live sports, on demand, premium channels, popular shows, and hit movies right to your tablet, smartphone or TV."  There is no word yet on audio description, so we need to say they do not offer any audio described content at this time that we know about.  They do not offer any inquiry method, so we can't ask ... None 

Other Streaming Services, NONE of which offer description as far as we know.
Please contact them to urge them to do so!

BritBox BritBox bills itself as "The biggest streaming collection of British TV...ever. Dramas, comedies, mysteries, documentaries, soaps, lifestyle and more."  Alas, none are audio described.  They did not respond to our inquiry in September 2017. None
CinemaNow Logo CinemaNow offers movies and next day TV for purchase or rental on just about every device imaginable; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time.  Their response to our request:  "I've reported your concern and hope to have this feature available in the near future." None
Crackle Crackle is a free video streaming service for movies, TV series, and some original programming via Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Microsoft Xbox, Roku, and Sony PlayStation; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time.  They said they "will pass along your suggestion."  As of late April 2016, Crackle is also available on Comcast's Xfinity TV via their On Demand Guide.  The good news here is that Crackle is owned by Sony, and Sony has produced a lot of described content. None
Disney Streaming Service  In 2019, Disney plans to offer a streaming service called Disney Play.  We know nothing about their plans regarding audio described content, but Disney has been a premier provider of description for a long time, so we are hopeful.  Right now, the best source of information about their plans is probably this Wikipedia entry on Disney Streaming Service. n/a
FandangoNow logo FandangoNow (formerly M-Go) is a pay-as-you-go rent or purchase site for both movies currently in theaters and previously released, plus current or previous TV series.  It operates on a variety of devices; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time.  As of September 2016 they were not able to confirm any plan to offer audio described content. None
Fullscreen Fullscreen is a fairly new offering from AT&T.  At $6/month, they offer "more than 1,500 hours of ad-free premium scripted and unscripted original series, TV shows and films licensed from studio partners."  AT&T wireless customers get a year free and no data charges.  They do not offer any audio described content at this time that we know about.  (Another service called FreeVIEW is available via the DirecTV Now app, but it has minimal content.) None 
Hulu logo

Updated
Oct '18
Hulu and advocates from the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB) have reached a settlement agreement to increase the accessibility of Hulu's streaming service to individuals who are blind or have low vision. As a result, Hulu will undertake efforts to make its website and software applications accessible via screen readers and will provide audio description tracks for streaming content where possible.  Content and accessibility will begin to rollout sometime in 2019.  Read Hulu Becomes Latest Streaming Service to Commit to Accessibility for Blind Users, including case documents. None yet, but coming sometime in 2019 ...
Redbox Redbox, known for its red self-service DVD and Blu-ray disc kiosks, also has a streaming service that it calls Redbox On Demand.  (Technically it is in beta test.)  As far as we know, you cannot access an audio description track as an alternate language. None
Sling TV Logo Sling TV, owned by Dish Network, is a $20/month streaming service which offers over 65 channels including CNN, ESPN, TNT, TBS, The Cartoon Network, and Blockbuster on Demand, and supports the usual cadre of devices like iOS and Roku.  Although some of the networks they support (like TNT and TBS) offer description, the App does not offer any audio described content at this time.  Their response to our February 2016 request:  "... we have processed a feedback on your behalf to request its development." None
Toon Googles Logo Toon Goggles is one of several children's programs video streaming services, supporting iOS, Android, and Windows.  They do not offer any audio described content at this time.  In February 2018 they indicated they had no timetable for adding it. None
Vudu Logo Vudu, owned by Walmart, offers movies for streaming rental or sale on a variety of devices; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time that we know about.  They passed our February 2016 inquiry along for future consideration.  Update  In mid-July, it was announced that Walmart was planning a subscription-based service to compete with Netflix and Hulu in 4Q18. None 
You Tube Red logo You Tube Red is a subscription streaming service; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time.  They responded to our inquiry in February 2016 by saying they would pass the request along to their product team. None
OTHER
SERVICES

There are many other streaming video services that we don't know anything about, but we don't have any reason to believe any of them offer audio described content.  If you find any, please let us know!

Crunchyroll, Funimation (the two previous sites are working together, but we've been told there are licensing issues regarding Crunchyroll preventing description), Google Play, HBO Go, HBO Now, PlayStation Video, PlayStation Vue, Showtime Anywhere, Xbox Video

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* Several studies from late-2015 to 2018 have shown that the dominant player in the fee streaming video market is Netflix by large margin over its nearest competitors:  Amazon's Prime Video, HBO Go, Walmart's Vudu, and Hulu.  (These statistics do not include the free videos on regular YouTube, a very highly used service.)  iTunes actually has more described movies than Netflix has described videos, though if you count individual series episodes, Netflix exceeds iTunes.  Also, iTunes only offers movies, while Netflix has a constant influx of new content, and it is all included for one fee, so we still consider Netflix "dominant."

Guide to Accessing YouTube TV's Audio Description

The following information was supplied by ADP Media Committee member Timothy Wynn in October 2018 based on his experimentation with YouTube TV and has been updated with additional user input.  The information is, of course, subject to change.  Please submit your own experience to the webmaster.  [Note:  SAP means AD, as in has audio description.]

SAP access method:

Broadcast networks:

Non-broadcast networks:

Miscellaneous:

If you learn that any service above has started offering described programming, please advise the webmaster!