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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 using the VisualPing website.


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Announcing:  Audio Description Gala

Horn blaring 'Announcement'The 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 press release on the AD Gala.  (Posted Jun 4)

World Blindness Summit June 25-30

World Blindness Summit 2021 LogoThe 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

AgendaOnce 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, NC.

Television Academy Allows AD Narrators Admission

Television Academy LogoThe Television Academy is the organization responsible for The Primetime Emmy Awards.  The 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, Webmaster

Collage of Streaming Service LogosAs 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 1928!
  • 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 iTunes.
  • 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. New
  • 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 genre.
  • 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 WarnerMedia (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

Peacock Logo: The letter P followed by vertical colored dots Google Play Store Logo On June 8th we introduced two new listings of audio described titles:  (NBC's) Peacock streaming service and the Google 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; Chaos Walking; The Courier; The Lovebirds; Embattled; and S#!%houseThe World to Come might be described, but we aren't sure yet.

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Next Week June 15:  French Exit and Godzilla vs. Kong.

USA Described DVDs:  2021 | 2020 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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SAP FeatureNew Audio Described TV Shows

ABC Mike Tyson: The Knockout.  Neew May 28

Discovery Channel  Dino Hunteres; Homestead Rescue: Tools of the Trade; Naked and Afraid XL.  Neew Jun 11

TNT The Cube.   Neew Jun 8

New  We are 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 our listing.

ADI LogoUpcoming Audio Describer Training Courses

There are now four audio describer training oportunities this summer.

  1. B-Creative is offering one-on-one and small class training by request in June and July.
  2. Arts Access in NC has a four-day virtual course from July 12-15.
  3. The ADP holds its eighteenth Audio Description Institute virtually from  August 2-6.
  4. 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 Jun 10)

CBS Expands Shows With Description

CBS LogoAh, 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   
  • Bull
  • Kids Say the Darndest Things
  • Magnum P.I.
  • S.W.A.T.
  • Tough as Nails
  • United States of Al

Where to Watch the Academy Awards Best-Picture Nominees

  • The Oscar TrophyNomadland (Winner):  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 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: 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.  Read more 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!