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Announcing: Audio Description Gala
American Council of the Blind proudly announces the inaugural launch of the
ACB Audio Description (AD) Awards Gala on October 21,
2021. The AD Gala will celebrate audio description through recognition
of leaders in the industry and by expanding awareness of the benefits of audio
description. For more information, please read the
release on the AD Gala. (Posted Jun 4)
World Blindness Summit June 25-30
The first World Blindness Summit will take place virtually
this month from June 25 to 30, and registration is free.
Attendees from around the world will "share their experiences and practices
developed over the past five years, and especially those implemented to cope
with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in all spheres of life." New
priorities will be set "to prevent blind and partially sighted people from
being left behind in the digital revolution that has made such great progress
in the past months." Our own Dr. Joel Snyder will be speaking on June 29
on the topic "Audio description around the globe." Website:
World Blindness Summit. (Posted Jun 2)
ADP Conference July 16-23 Agenda
Once again the ACB's annual convention will be virtual via Zoom this year,
and the ADP Conference will have its presentations scattered throughout the
week. We are offering ten presentations plus two audio
described commercial video presentations. See the full agenda on our
Conference page, which includes a link to the
full ACB agenda and registration information. Each week we'll update
this entry with another item from the agenda as follows ...
(Updated June 10)
- Sunday, July 18, 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM:
Audio Description Project
Website Overview and Update (acb.org/adp).
The number of audio
described videos available has increased dramatically in the past year
to the 6000-plus range. The ADP website is the place to find pointers to
them all. This presentation will cover how you can best use the website
to find what interests you and how to access description resources.
Presenter: Fred Brack, ADP Webmaster and Social Media Manager, Raleigh,
Television Academy Allows AD Narrators Admission
The Television Academy is the organization responsible for The Primetime Emmy Awards.
criteria for "Active" membership in the Academy (which then allows voting for Emmy nominees) requires
"credits" which are obtained via work in TV. New this
year, the Academy now allows AD Narrators (professional voiceover artists who
voice TV series audio description) to use their
credits to qualify as members with the potential to vote. This is not an award for
AD work (like SOVAS, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, recently
announced), but it is a great step forward in acknowledging the role of audio
description in the visual arts. Voiceover artist Roy Samuelson was
instrumental in lobbying for this change, and you can
read Roy's article for
more information. (Posted May 30)
Commentary on Streaming Services
by Fred Brack,
As webmaster, I spend most of my time tracking and organizing the more than
6,000 audio described video titles available on twelve different media and services; but most
of those titles are on eight streaming services, so let's talk about the
services. The numbers in parentheses are the number of titles with AD
they offer as of June 8, 2021.
- Apple TV+ (66) is unique in that it was created with the
intent of providing 100% Apple TV+ originals, all audio described in
nine languages on day one. Naturally, this means fewer titles than
the other services, but a guarantee that everything will have AD.
A few non-Apple titles have appeared (Charlie Brown movies), but they
all have description.
- Disney+ (710) has a huge library to draw on (including
Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars) and is
exceptionally popular with parents, as they have no adult-rated (R or
TV-MA) programming. In addition, Disney has been adding
description to older titles that didn't have it, all the way back to
- Google Play Store (45) is new to our website and
offers AD for movies.
- HBO Max (255) is our newest streaming service with AD.
It's off to a good start, though there are some startup problems, like
shows with missing or faulty AD. We try to identify problems for you.
They have a nice listing of audio described titles by movies, series,
originals, etc. Watch our listing for pull dates.
- Hulu (122): Despite the settlement agreement reached with
the ACB in October 2018, Hulu (owned mostly by Disney) has been slow to
pickup audio description tracks for movies and TV series they license.
The ACB continues to negotiate with them.
- iTunes (1594) has been easy to work with and gives us a
reliable listing of titles with AD each week. Unlike the other
services, the titles are all movies.
- Netflix (1600) retains its title as the dominant streaming
service, but it is being challenged (according to the analysts) by
Disney and HBO Max. Their number of AD titles is neck-and-neck with
- Paramount+ (58) grew out of CBS All Access and has been
adding titles with some regularity, though AD is missing from many
movies. Notable is the fact that they have added AD to eight CBS
series which are not described on CBS TV; and if you have an ad-free
subscription, you can watch all the CBS shows with description (and
more) without advertisements. (You can also watch them for free, with
ads, on the new CBS app.)
- Peacock (12) began offering AD titles (mostly for
their own Originals) in June 2021.
- Prime Video (2884) has the largest number of audio
described videos, with a rapid increase this year due to describing
literally thousands of movies and TV show episodes that never had
description, with the "catch" that the description is via synthesized
voice, not a human. Many titles (including all Originals) are free
to watch with a subscription to Amazon Prime. We are having trouble getting updates.
Several general notes:
- For all services, we offer a breakdown by video rating.
- For four of the streaming services we offer links to see titles by
- For five of the services, we offer a link to see a title listing by
year of release.
In streaming news, AT&T and Discovery have announced that
(which owns HBO Max) will split off from AT&T and join Discovery to form a
new company named Warner Bros. Discovery in mid-2022. The Discovery+ streaming service does not
currently offer any AD, so a combined streaming service (if that happens)
could be advantageous. In any case the combination is expected to be
powerful competition. But right on the heels of that announcement,
Amazon has acquired MGM Studios and their
massive catalog of titles. (Updated Jun 8)
Audio Description News
Two New Sources for Audio Described Titles
On June 8th we introduced two new listings of audio described titles:
(NBC's) Peacock streaming service and the
Play Store. Peacock jumped from one title to 11 this week, so we
consider them "in the game" now and are giving them their own page, even
though the list is short to start. We have known about the
Google Play Store for some time and are now
giving them their own page, also. You will find the links in our
Navigation area on each website page. (Updated Jun 10)
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
There were four audio described DVDs released on June 1; one
from May 25; and one from May 18. Boogie;
The Courier; The
and S#!%house. The World to Come might be described, but we
aren't sure yet.
Next Week June 15: French Exit and Godzilla vs. Kong.
USA Described DVDs:
2021 | 2020 | All
Since 1997 | For Children
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Audio Described TV Shows
Mike Tyson: The Knockout.
Dino Hunteres; Homestead Rescue: Tools of the Trade; Naked and Afraid XL.
now adding COMMENTS to our TV by Network
listing whenever we find something of interest, such as season or series
finale or premiere dates. We continue to list series renewal
information ('21 means the series restarts in the 2021-22 season for
example); or if a previously described series has not been renewed or
canceled yet, we mark it "In Limbo." If the series is active (meaning
it is listed in this week's
Daily TV listing), we print it in boldface and put an
asterisk at the end of the line. If it is not active this week, then
we show you the last week it was active. We regret that PBS does not
release a list of its described shows, which is why you don't find them in
Audio Describer Training Courses
There are now four audio describer training oportunities this summer.
- B-Creative is offering one-on-one and small class
training by request in June and July.
- Arts Access in NC has a four-day virtual course
from July 12-15.
- The ADP holds its eighteenth Audio
virtually from August 2-6.
- Access Virginia will hold a describer training
class from August 13-15 in person in Newport News, VA.
See our Education page for details. (Updated
BADIE Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the BADIE (Benefits of Audio Description In Education)
contest have been announced. Congratulations to Grand Prize winner
Bennett Lehman from Wisconsin, whose
win was acknowledged by his local paper.
Read about all the winners. (Posted May 28)
CBS Expands Shows With Description
but there's a "gotcha" here! CBS has recently started describing many of
its TV series that did not have description before, but they have not
activated the description on local CBS affiliate feeds yet. Huh? How do you
access these shows with description then? The answer is either via
Paramount+, a subscription service, or with the free CBS app. (Note, the
old CBS app migrated itself to become the Paramount+ app, so you may need to
redownload the app called CBS to get the current version.) And if you
choose the free CBS route, while watching these shows is completely free, note
that the series episodes have a limited lifetime unless you can sign in via a
TV provider (meaning your cable or satellite company logon ID). If you
watch via Paramount+, the episodes will remain available. So here is the
list of shows NOT currently described on CBS TV but available via either app
(along with those that are described on live TV).
(Posted May 11)
- B Positive
- Bob Hearts Abishola
- Kids Say the Darndest Things
- Magnum P.I.
- Tough as Nails
- United States of Al
Where to Watch the Academy Awards Best-Picture
DVD, Hulu, iTunes, Prime Video
- Judas and the Black Messiah: iTunes, Prime Video
- Mank: Netflix
- Minari: iTunes, Prime Video
- Promising Young Woman: DVD, iTunes, Prime Video
- Sound of Metal: Prime Video
- The Father: Only available in theaters
- The Trial of the Chicago 7: Netflix
Other categories are mentioned in this
Where to Stream article. (Updated May 11)
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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, streaming services, and more. Started in
2002 by AD International, funding and direction for this website has come
from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project since
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: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the
History and Applications of Audio Description, is available in print
(English, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian), for Kindle, on Bookshare, and
in braille and as an audio book from NLS libraries.
details about Dr. Snyder's book...
Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio
description for movies, videos, live theatre, and television. This
website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers
as possible. Thank you for visiting!