Paramount Studios Releases 150+
New AD Tracks for Old
In May, the
Forrest Gump (25th Anniversary)
Blu-ray disc was released. What was different that you might care
about? It had an audio description track! Forrest Gump
was one of over 150 old movies that Paramount has been retrofitting with
brand new AD tracks. Most of them will not reappear on disc, but those
tracks will make it to streaming services. (Forrest is also
on iTunes and
Prime Video; plus check out Jack Ryan series like
The Hunt for Red October on Prime Video for example.)
Read our interview about the new AD tracks
with one of the key players responsible at Paramount to learn more (like
something about a guy named Maverick who likes to fly planes...).
(Posted Aug 20)
Audio Recordings of July's Mini ADP Conference
Audio recordings from the two sessions at July's Mini ADP Conference are
now available. Visit our 2019
Conference page to listen. The panels were:
- Audio Description Accessibility and Technology:
Open Forum with Representatives from Major Providers and Streaming
- Audio Description Advocacy: Legislative
Advocacy; and Promoting AD in National Parks, Performing Arts Venues,
Museums, and Educational Settings
CBS All Access App Begins Offering AD
CBS All Access App offers access to live content (in select
markets) and over 10,000 previous episodes via streaming devices. In August
2019, they began to offer audio described content for such programs as
Star Trek Discovery, The Twilight Zone, and The Good Fight.
ABC has offered AD in their free Watch ABC App for a long time, but NBC and
Fox do not offer AD in their apps; so CBS is a welcome addition. There
is a fee for service for most content ($6 or $10/month). (Posted Aug
Lots of Updates to Our Streaming AD Page
Recently we have made many updates to our page dedicated to which streaming
services offer audio description. Changes, such as the CBS All Access
App and those affecting Apple are discussed, along with whatever we know about
upcoming services like Disney+, AT&T TV, and HBO Max. Take a look at our
Streaming AD page! (Posted Aug 20)
Cord-Cutting and AD
Lots of folks are investigating cord-cutting these days. Cord-cutting
is when you drop a cable or satellite contract and use alternative, cheaper
solutions to access networks of interest. There are many considerations
and numerous options; but of prime interest to visitors to this website is
whether or not the proposed solution passes through audio description (the
"SAP Channel"). If you have experience good or bad in this area, please
write the webmaster or post to our discussion list. (Posted Aug 20)
Commercials With AD
Some companies have released TV commercials with audio description.
We congratulation the companies for the brands we know about: Bounty,
Head and Shoulders, Pampers, Subaru, and Wells Fargo. We are seeking
permission to replay them here, but in the meantime we simply wish to
acknowledge the accessibility efforts of these companies. (Posted Aug
Next Audio Describer Training Class
The next opportunity to be trained or refreshed as an Audio Describer comes
in October. Audio Description Training Retreats is offering two classes:
Level 1 and Level 2, on Lake James, in Nebo, NC. For more information,
visit our Education and Training page.
(Posted Aug 13)
Edinburgh Festival: Many Performances With AD
Each August, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers five separate events as part of
Edinburgh Festival. Most run throughout the month. ADA
Scotland provides audio description for many of the events. For a list
of described events, please see the
ADA Scotland AD
Listings page. (Posted Aug 13)
Audio Description News
New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
On August 20, 4 new audio described DVDs were released:
A Dog's Journey;
The Sun is Also a Star;
The Tomorrow Man.
Coming Next Week (Aug 27):
Rocketman; The Secret Life of Pets 2.
Recent Described DVDs:
A Dog's Journey;
The Sun is Also a Star;
The Tomorrow Man;
All is True;
Avengers: End Game;
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu;
The Curse of La Llorona;
Alita: Battle Angel;
Pet Sematary 2019;
The Best of Enemies;
Park; Captain Marvel;
Five Feet Apart;
A Madea Family Funeral;
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden
World; Isn't It Romantic;
See these lists of described DVDs released in the USA:
Join us on Facebook or Twitter (links below) to receive new described
DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the
top of this page.
Newly Audio Described USA TV Programs
Wednesday at 9pm.
Flip or Flop, various times.
The Food That Built America, times vary;
The UnXplained, Fridays at 10pm.
Straight Up Steve Austin, Mondays at 11pm.
See our Daily
TV Schedule and TV Schedule by Network.
Audio Description For Small Dance Companies
While audio description for people with visually impairment is not a
wholly unknown service in the Bay Area (San Jose-based
frequently describes shows for both
the Curran Theatres in San
Francisco), it hasn’t much penetrated the strata of smaller and more
experimental theater and dance companies. Jess Curtis wants to change that.
Telling While Showing: New Audio Description Services from Jess Curtis/Gravity.
"Through Gravity, [Curtis] hopes to help foster a growing awareness of
accessibility for all—and not just in the larger theaters. In fact, with a
grant from the Haas Foundation, Curtis' company can offer other Bay Area
companies the opportunity to host audio description services at their shows
for a reduced cost through the end of 2019."
Dr. Joel Snyder and Esther Geiger, a Laban Movement Analyst, went to San
Francisco last year to train Jess Curtis and Gravity in audio description
technique. (Posted Aug 13)
[Photo Credit: Meegan Hertensteiner dances in an audio-described
production of Deborah Slater's Solos Lost and Found at SFIAF. (Deborah