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
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
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)
- Corner Gas Animated
- Dolphin Tale (2011)
- Hands of Stone
- 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
Filling Fast - Sign Up Now!
Once 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
Read the ADI
Brochure and enroll now. (Updated Jan 14)
Audio Description Narrators of America
Introduction - and a Contest!
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
Beginning January 7th and continuing for the next 7 days, you can
contribute video titles and their narrators by emailing
admin@theADNA.org 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
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
original offerings not just in English, but in eight more languages!
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)
SUPPORT the ADP Website! (please
you make purchases via Amazon, you can help support
the expenses associated with the Audio Description Project and this
website. If you shop
online by clicking our "Shop Now!" link (which is
always on this main page), any and all purchases you make from Amazon
will result in a commission to the ACB (American Council of the
Blind), our parent organization. Purchasing videos via our DVDs page
counts, as do additional purchases made while buying a DVD.
PLEASE remember this and help us out!
THANKS! (And of course you
can also click the DONATE button at the top of every page!)
Audio Description News
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
5 DVDs with Audio Description tracks were released on
January 21: Black and
Pain & Glory;
The Addams Family;
Zombieland: Double Tap.
Next Week: 1 DVD is known to have description:
Recent USA Described DVDs:
Double Tap; Gemini Man;
Mistress of Evil; Joker.
USA Described DVDs:
In 2019 or
All Since 1997 or
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).
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DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the
top of this page.
New Audio Described TV Shows
at 9pm ;
Flirty Dancing, Wednesdays at 8pm;
Star, schedule TBD.
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
Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels, various times;
Project Blue Book, Tuesdays at 10pm.
A New Leaf,
Saturdays at noon.
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 Time...in 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)
- Disney, Sony, and
Summit described 100% of their movie DVDs.
- Fox and Paramount described
88% and 80% respectively. Very Good and Good,
- Universal and Warner Bros
described 57% and 56% respectively. Room for
- Once again, Lionsgate takes last place among
major studios with only 14% of their DVDs described, a terrible
track record. Come on, guys!
Shout! Factory (18 DVDs) finally got in the game with two
(and only two) described DVDs mid-year. More
- 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
- The Watch List (5 to 9 DVDs, none described) consists of
Magnolia and Well Go. Better
start thinking about AD!
- In our analysis of all 415 DVDs identified by the
Release Dates site and/or located in stores in 2019, only
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
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)