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FCC Proposes Expanding Video Description
Your Input Is Needed!
The comment period for the FCC's proposal to
start phasing in new television markets required to pass through audio description
has begun. The proposal is to
start January 2, 2021, expanding at a rate of 10 markets per year for four years,
bringing the current 60 markets
to 100. They will also consider expanding this number beyond 100.
Also, at the urging of the ACB/ADP, they have proposed using the term 'audio
description' rather than 'video description' in the future in accordance
with a recent recommendation from the Commission’s Disability Advisory
Committee (in which the ACB participates).
YOUR COMMENTS ARE REQUIRED to get this implemented!
Read the FCC Proposal; then submit your comments using the
form. The Proceeding Number is 11-43 for the
first field. Comment briefly on either or both the market expansion
and/or eliminating the term "video description." You can also
user's experience filing the form. The deadline is June 22. (Updated Jun 2)
Audio Description Narrator Training
In what may be a first-of-its-kind, distinguished AD Narrator Roy Samuelson
is offering to train voice-over artists in the nuances required for excellent
AD narration in this limited-attendance June 11th seminar.
Read more about the AD Narrator Seminar.
(Posted Jun 2)
Audio Describer Training
There are three seats left for the July 9-12 virtual (Zoom) Audio
Description Training Retreat. See our
Education page for details.
(Posted Jun 2)
The Oscars Needs an AD Award!
Here is another article (see previous one)
expressing the need for the Oscars to recognize audio description:
Oscars: audio description brings film to life for blind people, it deserves an
award too. As the author writes, "As my
shows, audio description is a valid and valuable creative art. Why,
then, are audio describers not even acknowledged, let alone awarded, at
cinema’s most glittering ceremonies?" (Posted June 2)
Three Weeks in Athens, All About AD!
Last December, ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder traveled to Greece on a
Fulbright Specialist Grant for a three-week residency giving a series of
seminars, workshops, and public programs on audio description.
Read about Joel's trip. (Posted May 26)
ADP Convention Agenda
year's ACB Conference will be held as a
virtual conference (via Zoom) from 9:30am to 9:30pm daily
starting July 3. The ADP
Conference will be held each afternoon Mon-Fri at various times,
plus some pre-conference specials. The cost to
attend the ADP Zoom sessions will simply be the $25 fee required
to register for the ACB Conference. Registration will open
May 21. Here is the agenda (or read the
- Fri Jul 3, 6pm: 2020 Academy Award Winner for BEST
PICTURE, Parasite. The catch is that this
film is NOT available in the USA with audio description, but
WE HAVE A COPY WITH DESCRIPTION!
- Sat Jul 4, 7pm: Disney's Pick of
the Litter, with one of the participants present to
- Sat Jul 4 9pm: Described 2019 Fireworks from
the Mall in Washington, DC.
- Mon Jul 6 4:30pm: Getting the
Most Out of the ADP Website
- Mon Jul 6 7:30pm: Entertainment and Media Industry Update with
panelists discussing their audio description offerings
- Tue Jul 7, 12:30pm: AD Achievement
- Tue Jul 7, 3pm: FCC Legislative Update
- Wed Jul 8 4:30pm: AD Opportunities Within the National Parks
- Thu Jul 9 3pm:
Strategies for Cord-Cutting and Streaming Services
- Fri Jul 10 3 pm: Audio Description and Quality
Control (the hiring of description producers / describers /
narrators and audio editors).
- Fri Jul 10, 8pm: "Banquet" speaker: Roy
a leading Audio Description Narrator. Roy will be
sharing how his firm informs, inspires, and recruits
relevant organizations into a new initiative in blind
- All week: Various audio described tours on ACB Radio (Updated
Audio Descriptions for 360-Degree Video
Equal Entry, a global
company which helps businesses accommodate the needs of persons with
disabilities using technology, has released a video of a recent seminar
Audio Descriptions for 360-Degree Video. The purpose of the seminary
was "to share our research on audio descriptions (AD) for immersive media, and
start a conversation with the wider accessibility community about where to go
from here ... [to answer the question] Under what circumstances could there be
a benefit to having a live audio describer for content that was not originally
designed with accessibility in mind?" Because the video was projected
all around the participants, special challenges were encountered addressing
which way the participant was facing. (Posted May 19)
Audio Description News
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
No DVDs with Audio Description were released on June 2. 1 DVD was released with Description on May 26:
The Invisible Man. We have also added
three additional described DVDs from the past month that we have now verified:
Birds of Prey;
Looking for Alaska: Season 1; The Way Back.
Next Week June 9: The Hunt.
Recent USA Described DVDs:
The Invisible Man;
Sonic The Hedgehog;
The Way Back;
Birds of Prey;
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island;
Call of the Wild;
Gretel & Hansel;
I Still Believe;
The Rhythm Section;
Bad Boys For Life;
Looking for Alaska: Season 1;
Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker;
The Current War;
The Song of Names;
Jumanji: The Next Level;
Beauty and the Beast (1991);
Spies in Disguise;
A Bug's Life;
Playmobil: The Movie;
Queen & Slim;
USA Described DVDs:
2020 | 2019
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New Audio Described TV Shows
Remember Sunday Evening Movies? CBS is
bringing them back -- audio described! Here's the
remaining schedule [we are checking on June...], with showings beginning at 8pm EDT:
- Sunday, May 31, 2020: INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST
The Story of Soaps, Tuesdays at
8pm; The Genetic Detective, Tuesdays at 10pm.
Snowpiercer, various times.
View: TV Shows by Network
or TV Shows by Day.
Spectrum Access: Enabled Media
Actiview? It allowed you to download a
limited number of Audio Description tracks to your iPhone for use in a cinema
or at home for private listening to the AD track while watching a movie --
great if someone with you didn't need or want to hear the track. Now
Charter Communications (who owns the Spectrum
brand) has picked up the App, renamed it Spectrum Access: Enabled
Media, kept it free, and has over 300 AD tracks available
for downloading! (It also supports Closed Captions, but not Cinema at
this time.) We've created
a list of Spectrum Access titles and integrated
Spectrum Access into our Master AD List.
Thank you Charter! (Here is Actiview's
"Goodbye" message to users.) (Updated May 19)
Enhancements to This Website
With some extra stay-at-home time on his hands, your webmaster has made the
following enhancements to this website:
- Spectrum Access listings have been
added, both as a unique link in the navigation area and to the Master AD
- The Disney+ AD Titles listing now has a
separate listing at the bottom of USA titles with foreign language
- For the Prime Video AD Titles listing,
the "Included (Free) With Prime" titles are now broken out at the
bottom, along with the list of free titles on IMDB TV, and the titles
now all have links to Prime Video. In addition, movie release
years are now included in the listing, when available.
- In the Master AD List, if you click on
"DVD" after a title, you go directly to the DVD description; and for the
streaming services, you go to the index letter matching the first letter
in the title, in the cases where titles are indexed.
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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
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
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!