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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 typing your email address in the box to the right and pressing the Submit button. 

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Article and Podcast of Interest re AD

Sundance Partnership Extends Accessibility for Attendees With Disabilities. The article includes a discussion of expanding the amount of audio description.

TechShare (UK) Podcast:  Panel Discussion on Audio description and Video on Demand, chaired by Sonali Rai, Broadcast Relationships and Audio Description Manager, RNIB.  Panelist include Sarah Henninger, Director, Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives, Apple; Abhiram Moturi, Senior Product Manager - Technical, Prime Video Accessibility and Core CX, Amazon; plus three from the UK.  Alternatively, you can download a transcript of the Panel Discussion as a Word document.  (Posted Jan 21)

Free Described Movies on IMDb TV

IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, is owned by Amazon.  In addition to their well-known online database of movie data, they operate a FREE streaming service called IMDb TV which includes some audio described content.  There are several ways to access the content.  (1) Online in a browser via the link above.  (2) Via the IMDb TV App, if you have a Fire Stick or other Fire product.  (3) Via the IMDb TV App on your mobile phone.  (4) Or via the Prime Video App on any device (remember, Amazon owns both services).

What's the catch?  Ads.  Ads support the free viewing.  If you find a title via Prime Video, you will have a choice of watching right away, right there, free with ads, or renting or buying from Prime Video without ads.  Its free via any of the other IMDb TV options directly, though a free ID is required.  Unfortunately, there is no list of IMDb described titles at present, so we are adding this information to our Prime Video AD Titles listing, since they are all a subset of Prime Video titles.  As you will see in our listing, here is a list of current titles.  (Posted Jan 21)

  • IMDb TVChappie
  • Collide
  • Corner Gas Animated
  • Dolphin Tale (2011)
  • Fury
  • Ghost
  • Hands of Stone
  • Megamind
  • Pride And Prejudice And Zombies
  • She's Out of My League
  • Shrek Forever After
  • Sing Street
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • The Founder
  • The Ring
  • The Smurfs 2
  • Trouble With The Curve

Audio Describer Training at ADI
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ADI LogoOnce again the Audio Description Project's Audio Description Institute will be providing training for persons wishing to learn how to become an audio describer or to refresh skills.  The dates are February 22-24 in Alexandria, VirginiaRead the ADI Brochure and enroll now.  (Updated Jan 14)

Audio Description Narrators of America
Introduction - and a Contest! (The Audio Description Narrators of America) is a new website which links Audio Description Narrators (the voice-over artists who read audio description scripts) with their film credits for blind and low vision audiences.  As the site continues to evolve, they need your help to grow the content by contributing publicly available information on narrators and the features and series they narrate.  So they are doing a 4 week promotion to get you more directly involved.

Beginning January 7th and continuing for the next 7 days, you can contribute video titles and their narrators by emailing with as much detail as you can.  On the 14th, the highest contributor will receive a free month of the streaming service of their choice, up to $20.  They will continue this for an additional 3 weeks, giving out 4 one-month subscriptions!  At the end of the 4 weeks, the person who has contributed the most titles and their narrators during the 4 weeks gets one year of the streaming service of their choice, up to $240!  Really!  Only the first NEW submission of a pairing will count, of course.  While we encourage narrators themselves to submit their own titles (along with a brief bio), these awards are intended for our audiences.  Per ADNA management, all legal disclaimers for this kind of promotion apply.  (Posted Jan 7)

A Look Back at Audio Description in 2019
by Fred Brack, Webmaster

As I look back at the events of 2019 from my perspective as the guy who collects and presents all the details of who-releases-what in the area of audio description, my number one impression is WOW! — what a huge increase in the amount of audio description available in 2019!  The increase is primarily in the area of streaming services.  We closed out 2018 with 2177 videos available with description on three streaming services (iTunes, Netflix, and Prime Video), and we are ending up 2019 with a whopping 4326 described titles (some duplicated of course) across six streaming services (now adding Apple TV+, Disney+, and Hulu), an increase of 99%.  On 12/31/2019, there were 3661 unique titles (movies and series) available with description in theaters, on DVD, on TV, and on the six streaming services.

Who stands out as major contributors to that effort?  Number 1 would have to be Amazon Prime Video, where the team bent over backwards to bring us 1212 more videos during 2019, an increase of 275% over YE2018, pushing Prime Video to the #1 supplier position with 1652 described titles.  I feel that number 2 is the team at Disney for premiering a new streaming service with over 300 described videos on day 1.  And some of those described videos were produced as far back as the 1930s!  And number 3 would be Paramount Studios, who took the time, effort, and money to go back and create audio description tracks for over 150 old movies that didn't have them, making them available to the streaming services.  I sure wish other studios would do the same.  Thank you, thank you to all who contributed.

Apple's iTunes and Netflix folks are to be complimented as well on their steady increase in described videos, and their willingness to listen to customer requests for specific description tracks.  And of course while it is in its infancy, the new Apple TV+ service has provided description for all its original offerings not just in English, but in eight more languages!  Wow again.

We have three studios audio describing all their mainstream DVDs:  Disney, Sony, and lesser-known Summit.  See my report elsewhere on this page.  We now have 1201 DVDs with Audio Description tracks available.

Finally, I would like to thank my two regular contributors to this website:  Sebastian Andrade-Miles for the weekly described TV listings, and Vicki Vogt for the list of current movies described in theaters.  I also appreciate the contributions of ADP Committee members (especially Carl Richardson) who send me pointers to articles and other information, and the various users of this website who do the same.  I wish all of our website visitors a Happy New Year filled with wonderful description opportunities for both providers and users!  (Posted Dec 31)

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Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

5 DVDs with Audio Description tracks were released on January 21:  Black and Blue; Countdown; Pain & Glory; The Addams Family; Zombieland: Double Tap.

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Next Week:  1 DVD is known to have description:  Harriet.

Recent USA Described DVDs:  Black and Blue; Countdown; Pain & Glory; The Addams Family; Zombieland: Double Tap; Gemini Man; Maleficent: Mistress of Evil; Joker.

USA Described DVDs:  In 2019 or All Since 1997 or For Children

169 DVDs with Audio Description were released in 2019, three more than last year.  Historically, from 1997 to 2009, only 47 DVDs were released with description.  The number doubled in the next 5 years, but then started to take off in 2015.  We stand at a grand total of over 1200 available today (and yes, they are all still available).

Described DVD History

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New Audio Described TV Shows

Fox Deputy, Thursdays at 9pm ; Flirty Dancing, Wednesdays at 8pm; 9-1-1: Lone Star, schedule TBD.  Updated Jan 21

HGTV A Very Brady Renovation; various times; Christina on the Coast, Thursdays at 9pm; My Lottery Dream Home, Fridays 8pm and more; Fixer to Fabulous, various times.  Updated Jan 21

History Channel Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels, various times; Project Blue Book, Tuesdays at 10pm.  New Jan 14

NBC A New Leaf, Saturdays at noon.  New Jan 14

USA Network Dare Me; Sundays at 10pm.

View:  TV Shows by Network or TV Shows by Day.

8 of 9 Oscar Nominees for Best Picture Have AD

  • The Irishman - Netflix
  • Jojo Rabbit - Cinema
  • Joker - DVD, ITunes, Amazon Prime Video
  • Little Women - Cinema
  • Marriage Story - Netflix
  • 1917 - Cinema
  • Once Upon a Hollywood - DVD, ITunes, Amazon Prime Video
  • Ford v Ferrari - Cinema

Note:  The ninth nominee, Parasite, currently in cinemas, does not have description per the distributor, despite local listings saying that it does.  The 92nd Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 9.  (Posted Jan 14)

Year-End Report Card on DVDs by Studio

Here are my summary comments about described DVDs based on a study of 415 DVDs from 58 studios identified from January-December 2019.  (Posted Dec 31)

  1. Disney, Sony, and Summit described 100% of their movie DVDs.  Outstanding!
  2. Fox and Paramount described 88% and 80% respectively.  Very Good and Good, respectively.
  3. Universal and Warner Bros described 57% and 56% respectively.  Room for Improvement...
  4. Once again, Lionsgate takes last place among major studios with only 14% of their DVDs described, a terrible track record.  Come on, guys!
  5. Shout! Factory (18 DVDs) finally got in the game with two (and only two) described DVDs mid-year.  More please!
  6. Among the smaller studios releasing 10 or more DVDs this past year with none described, we have Cinedigm (13 DVDs), Gravitas (10 DVDs), and Image Entertainment (10 DVDs).  Time to get onboard!
  7. The Watch List (5 to 9 DVDs, none described) consists of Magnolia and Well GoBetter start thinking about AD!
  8. In our analysis of all 415 DVDs identified by the DVDs Release Dates site and/or located in stores in 2019, only 41% (169) had description tracks, an 8% (3 percentage points) improvement over last year, though it is interesting to see that the total number of DVDs has been steadily declining.

Actiview Acquired by Charter Communications

Actiview  According to Actiview developer Alex Koren, Actiview and its App have been acquired by Charter Communications.  Where they go from here is unknown.  Alex was off to a good start offering description tracks on an iPhone for personal listening but got resistance from studios.  While we don't integrate Actiview's description tracks into our Master AD list anymore, you can still read which movies are supported on our Actiview Audio Described Titles page; however, we don't know the future of the App.  (Updated Dec 31)

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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, 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 (started in March 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, is available in print (English and Russian), for Kindle, and on Bookshare.  Read more details about Dr. Snyder's book...

Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio description in select movie theaters, videos, live theatre, and television programming, and this website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers as possible. Thank you for visiting!