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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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Settlement Agreement Signed by HBO

HBO MaxWarnerMedia and HBO have agreed to a "Settlement Agreement" with the ACB and certain other claimants regarding the accessibility of their website, mobile devices, applications, and programming content for the product known as HBO Max.  Audio described content should be arriving by the end of March 2021 with additional application support by September 2021.  They are committing 1500 hours of described content by March 2021, doubling in the following 12 months, and doubling again in the following year.  Plans include listings of described content and training of customer service agents.  Full compliance is committed by November 2021.  Read the full HBO Settlement Agreement or the ACB Press Release.  (Posted Oct 19)

Film Ratings ListNew Website Feature:  DVD and Streaming Titles by Rating

We just added movie ratings to our complete DVD listing; and at the same time we added a new feature to our lists of streaming titles with AD, plus our alphabetized DVD listing:  a clickable link to "Titles by Rating" will be found just below the breakdown by genres (if present) at the top of each listing.  (Posted Oct 19)

4K UHD Blu-Rays Have an Inclusion Problem

4K UHD LogoThat's the title of a recent post by Alex Howard Movie and TV Reviews.  Alex's experience has been that a lot of 4K discs do not include AD tracks, although the DVD and/or Blu-ray discs do.  The only good news there might be that 4K discs are typically packaged along with a Blu-ray version.  If you have purchased 4K discs, read Alex's article and post your experience on our Discussion List.  (Posted Oct 20)

Announcing the 2021 BADIE Contest

BADIE Contest LogoIt's that time again, time for school-age children to submit their reviews of audio described videos and potentially be rewarded with prizes.  The 2021 Benefits of Audio Description In Education (BADIE) contest is now open for submissions from children aged 7 to 21.  Read about the BADIE Submission Process.  The deadline for entries is January 22, 2021.  (Posted Oct 13)

The Process of Adding Audio Description to a Video

Audio Description LogoIn this new article we explore the entire process of contracting for, writing, recording, implementing, and delivering an audio description track to you on a video.  If you've ever wondered how it's done and want an insight into some of the skills and challenges involved, then read The Process of Adding Audio Description to a Video.  (Posted Oct 6)

All ADP Conference Audio/Video Now Available

We have obtained the last of the July ADP Virtual Conference audios and videos.  Visit our Conferences page to access them.  (Posted Sep 22)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

One new DVD with Audio Description was released on October 20:  The Secrets We Keep.  One was released on October 13:  El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.  Two new DVDs were released on October 6:  Secret Garden; Save Yourselves.  And we finally found positive description status for the following five July through September releases (not seemingly available in stores):  Babyteeth; How to Build a Girl; The Trip to Greece; The Other Lamb; The Wretched.  We thank Live-brary for listing DVD information publicly online!

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Next Week Nov 3:  Antebellum.

Recent USA Described DVDs:  The Secrets We Keep; El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie; Save Yourselves Secret Garden; Babyteeth; Hocus Pocus (special edition); Weathering With You; True History of the Kelly Gang; Irresistible; The Trip to Greece; The Burnt Orange Heresy; The King of Staten Island; Emperor; Military Wives; The Wretched; The High Note; How to Build a Girl; Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Season Two; The Other Lamb; Resistance; SCOOB!; Body Cam; Trolls World Tour; Out of My Head; The Hunt; The Invisible Man; more...

USA Described DVDs:  2020 | 2019 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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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 now come from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project.  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!