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Streaming Video Services Offering Audio Description

Video Streaming"Streaming video" (or VOD, Video On Demand) refers to video (like a movie) which is delivered to an end-user upon request (demand) over the Internet in a continuous transmission or stream.  Typically, the video is viewed in real time, but it may also be capable of being downloaded for later viewing.  When a subscription fee is charged (like Netflix), this delivery mechanism is called SVOD, Subscription Video On Demand.  If you make the purchases one at a time (like iTunes), it is called TVOD, Transactional Video On Demand.  These methods of delivery are different from over-the-air, cable, or satellite television, or a video on disc (DVD or Blu-ray).  You can learn about these alternative methods of delivery on our Television or DVDs web pages.  LAST UPDATE:  Dec 4, 2019.

Streaming Media Players for TV

Many new TV sets offer Internet access with built-in access to multiple streaming services.  Alternatively, you may purchase a number of devices which plug into your TV's input port (HDMI connector), and from there you switch the input to that port, answer setup questions one time to connect to your wireless internet, possibly download one or more free apps, and then access the services listed below through this new device and its own remote.  On some TVs, the device is actually built-in.  While there may be a few other similar devices, here is a list of the most popular ones:

Airline In-Flight Entertainment Systems

AirplaneThe following airlines are known to provide audio described content via their in-flight entertainment systems:  American, ANA (Japan), British Airways, Emirates, KLM, Lufthansa, United, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia.  Such services would only be available on flights offering individual screens on seat backs or those which support using your own device (like an iPad or computer).  Note, however, that most services do not offer audio MENUS, so you will probably need sighted assistance to select a movie with AD.  For more information on accessible airline in-flight entertainment systems, see this post in the Perkins Blog:  How to Watch Audio Described Movies on Your Next Flight

Streaming Services

The following section lists all we know about video streaming services, with the ones actually providing some description listed first.  Most, but not all, require a subscription or pay-per-view.  Our table is divided into four categories:

Note 1:  Any reference to pricing is subject to change and is rounded up to the nearest dollar.  Some services offer a discount for paying for a full year.

Note 2:  Amazon's Fire TV Recast DVR, used in conjunction with a Fire Stick, is NOT a streaming service.  It is a DVR for over-the-air programs.

HAVE-AD INDEX Pointer Apple TV | Apple TV+ | CBS All Access | Disney+ | Hulu | iTunes | Netflix | Prime Video | Vimeo | Watch ABC | YouTube TV

Service Description of Offering Examples

The following services are known to include at least some audio described programming.

Netflix logo

The dominant* provider of streaming video with audio description is Netflix, a subscription service available in nearly 200 countries ($9-$16/month in the USA for unlimited viewing using web browsers, tablets, and handheld computing devices).  They offer over 1000 audio described TV series, documentaries, original programming, and children's shows in the USA.  Once a member, you can find a link labeled "Audio Description" at the bottom of the main page when viewed via a web browser, or in a menu on other devices, or you can see our alphabetized list of Audio Described Programs on Netflix anytime.  See our page Audio Description via Netflix for more information.  NOTE:  Netflix was the recipient of the ADP's 2015 Achievement in Audio Description – Media, as well as the AFB's 2017 Helen Keller Achievement Award.

Criminal Minds (TV Series), Grace and Frankie (Original Programming), Making a Murderer (Documentary), 3 Indiana Jones and Solo: A Star Wars Story (movies), plus tons of children's programming
iTunes logo

Apple's iTunes (which is being replaced on iOS devices by Apple TV, below) offers over 1000 movies with audio description tracks for rent (streaming) or purchase (downloading).  They are designated with the icon AD after the movie title in the description.  To find audio described content on iTunes on a PC or Mac, open iTunes, go to Store, select Movies (Ctrl-2 on a PC, Command-2 on a Mac), and click "Movies with Audio Descriptions" in the Movies Quick Links, which is on the side in a PC or Mac browser.  If you have a Safari browser, you can click this iTunes AD link.  You may also check individual movies of interest, or see our alphabetized list of Audio Described Movies on iTunes.  Also see:  How to Rent a Movie from iTunes.  See also the Apple TV App below, which is not the same as iTunes.

American Sniper, Beauty and the Beast, Ghostbusters, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Table 19, The LEGO Batman Movie
Apple TV From Apple:  The Apple TV App brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies and more in one app, and is available in over 100 countries on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, all 2019 Samsung smart TVs and select 2018 models.  Customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app - paying for only the ones they want - and watch on demand directly in the app.  Subscribers can watch and download shows and movies both online and offline.  Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password.  Apple TV app users worldwide can enjoy personalized recommendations of shows and movies from more than 150 video apps and streaming services and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows to browse, buy, or rent.  Customers can find their purchased movies and TV shows from iTunes in the redesigned Library tab.  For more information about how to find audio-described content, please visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205742Apple TV+ is also available via this app.
For Apple TV:  Depends on provider, except all Apple TV+ shows are described ...
Apple TV Plus
Updated
Dec 3
On November 1, Apple TV+, "the first all-original video subscription service," became available via the Apple TV app for $5/month for a family plan.  According to Apple, Apple TV+ is the "new home for the world's most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries.  It [features] a brand new slate of programming from the world's most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, ... and more."  All original content is audio described in nine languages!  For more information about Apple TV+, click the Apple TV+ icon or name above.  Note also that trailers for Apple TV+ content are described in the Apple TV App.  Remember, Apple TV+ is accessed via the Apple TV App. All original content such as See, The Morning Show, The Elephant Queen
Amazon Prime Video logo

Amazon began offering audio described videos in June 2017, and they call their service Prime Video, available to the over 100 million Prime subscribers.  They now offer over 1000 movies and Amazon-produced TV shows with audio description tracks, with multiple viewing devices supported including all the "Fire" products (but not Roku).  Some of the programming is available free to Amazon Prime members, while the majority of it requires a payment for either online streaming or downloading.  For access information and title listing, see our page Prime Video Audio Described Titles, or go directly to the Amazon AD Video page for title selection.  (NOTE:  At the present time, you may find that our own page contains a more current listing than Amazon's and is easier to use ...)

Bosch (TV series), Arrival, Divergent, Fences, Office Christmas Party, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Hulu logo
Hulu and advocates from the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB) reached a settlement agreement in October 2018 to increase the accessibility of Hulu's streaming service to individuals who are blind or have low vision. As a result, Hulu is undertaking efforts to make its website and software applications accessible via screen readers and will provide audio description tracks for streaming content where possible.  Content rollout began in 1Q19; but at present, it is only accessible via a limited number of devices.  See our Audio Description on Hulu page.  (The Settlement doesn't require full compliance until January 2020.)  Read Hulu Becomes Latest Streaming Service to Commit to Accessibility for Blind Users, including case documents.  Hulu is jointly owned by Disney (full control) and Comcast (33%, silent partner, agreeing to sell its share in 2024).  It costs $6/month for the advertising-supported version; $12/month for no ads.  They also offer an upgrade to Hulu + Live, but we have no reason to believe the Live portion supports description.  Hulu also offers a bundle with the Disney+ and ESPN+ services for $13/month.  Hulu has over 28 million subscribers. A Handmaid's Tale (Original Series), Fyre Fraud (Original Documentary), TV Series like Bones and Family Guy
Disney Plus Logo
Updated
Nov '19
Disney+ began streaming on almost every streaming device in the USA and Canada on November 12, 2019 for $7/month with a focus on family-friendly shows and movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm (the Star Wars franchise), and National Geographic.  They are streaming over 275 titles with audio Description from Day 1, and you can see our list of Audio Described Programs on Disney+.  $13/month will get you Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+.  Disney+ started with about 10 million subscribers. All Disney+ Originals like The Mandalorian; oldies like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; and most of the Star Wars series
Youtube TV YouTube TV is a paid OTT (over-the-top) streaming subscription service which streams live TV from the five major broadcast networks in the USA, plus over 50 other channels for $50/month.  They refer to this service as Cable-Free Live TV.  Our testing indicates that audio description is available, though not 100%.  For instance, one user tells us that on-demand content does not have AD, while another user says it is difficult to navigate with an Apple TV.  We have also been told that Roku Sticks do not support AD here.  We offer this guide to accessing YouTube TV AD, and a user offers this review. Depends on network
Watch ABC logo

The Watch ABC App offers access to live content and select previous episodes from iOS mobile devices and Apple TV in select markets for free.  Generally (but not always), if an ABC show offers audio description, the show will be described using the appNOTE:  To activate description, you must do so via your device settings, not the app itself.  For example (with iOS devices):  Settings, General, Accessibility, Audio Descriptions, On.  NOTE:  ABC Digital was the recipient of the ADP's 2017 Achievement in Audio Description - Media for this app!

black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, Modern Family, Shark Tank
CBS All Access Logo The CBS All Access App offers access to live content (in select markets) and over 10,000 previous episodes via streaming devices like Apple TV and ChromeCast, plus iOS and Android devices.  There is a fee for service for most content ($6 or $10/month).  In August 2019, they began to offer some audio described content.  A user who has tested this on an iPhone and Apple TV has reported some difficulty with accessibility of the App, but is otherwise pleased.  He recommends using Safari on iOS.  Another user says:  "When playing a show, swipe down for a menu: info, closed captions, and audio. Go to audio, then languages. If AD is available, it’ll be there. At least that’s how to do it on Apple TV."  On an iPhone, the Audio Description option under Accessibility Settings is the only control. Star Trek Discovery, The Twilight Zone, The Good Fight, NCIS (latest season)
Vimeo

Vimeo is a free streaming service where users upload their own videos.  A very small number of the uploaded videos contain audio description and are generally so-designated in their titles. Our link takes you to the list of titles matching "audio description" or "audio described," as both terms are used, but many of them are demos, movie trailers, or discussions of audio description.

Driving Blind (movie), Muse of Fire (documentary), Movie Trailers, Short Films
Pornhub

The Pornhub website provides a subset of their adult videos in a category named "Described Video." Further information is available in this article in the SFO Guardian.

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TV Network Streaming Services, NONE of which offer description as far as we know.
They are included here so that you can urge them to do so!

Fox Now Logo The FOX NOW App offers free access to Fox shows for iOS, Android, and other mobile devices; however, they do not offer any audio described content at this time.  (They replied to our February 2016 inquiry:  "it is not a feature we offer on online streaming at this time.")   We asked again in February 2018 and received no reply. None 
NBC App Logo The NBC App offers free access to new and classic NBC shows on various devices, including iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, and Roku; however, they do not offer any audio described content at this time that we know about.   We asked for an update in February 2018 and received no reply. None
PBS Anywhere Logo The PBS Anywhere App is available for select platforms like Windows 10, iOS, and others.  They offer "a rich and varied selection of countless videos."  However, as far as we know, they do not offer any audio described content at this time.  We asked for an update in February 2018 and received no reply.  Please see the PBS Passport entry below. None

Other Streaming Services, NONE of which offer description as far as we know.
Please contact them to urge them to do so!

AMC On Demand
New Oct '19
The AMC On Demand online video rental or purchase service does NOT support Audio Description per their support desk in October 2019. None
AT&T Now
and
AT&T TV
Updated
Oct '19
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) is a fairly new service at $35-$70/month which offers "your favorite live sports, on demand, premium channels, popular shows, and hit movies right to your tablet, smartphone or TV."  While they do not offer any audio described content, we were advised in February 2019 that they consider it a high priority and will keep us informed.  Update In October 2019, AT&T said this product will eventually merge into HBO Max (see below).

AT&T has a new box and is beta testing a new streaming service called AT&T TV to replace DirecTV itself as a service.  It is separate from AT&T TV Now, with a different lineup.  It is currently only available in Orange County, CA, Riverside, CA, West Palm Beach, CA, Topeka, KS, Wichita, KS, St. Louis, MO Springfield, MO, Corpus Christi, TX, El Paso TX, & Odessa, TX; but Update in late October AT&T announced that nationwide rollout will be delayed until sometime in 2020.  You may be interested in reading:  AT&T & Netflix Announce a New Partnership For AT&T’s New DIRECTV NOW & AT&T TV Set-Top BoxWe don't know if this new service supports AD.  We requested more information from AT&T, but have received no response.  Update AT&T TV pricing is discussed [negatively] in this article.
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BritBox
Updated
Nov '19
BritBox bills itself as "The biggest streaming collection of British TV...ever. Dramas, comedies, mysteries, documentaries, soaps, lifestyle and more."  Alas, none are audio described.  In October 2019, they said that AD was a "great suggestion" that would be passed to their Editorial Team for review.  We don't know how the following promise for AD in 2020 will affect the USA offering, but see this November 2019 article:  Blind People Left Outside The BritBox… For Now. None
Crackle Crackle is a free video streaming service for movies, TV series, and some original programming via Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, ChromeCast, Microsoft Xbox, Roku, and Sony PlayStation; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time.  They said they "will pass along your suggestion."  As of late April 2016, Crackle is also available on Comcast's Xfinity TV via their On Demand Guide.  The good news here is that Crackle is owned by Sony, and Sony has produced a lot of described content. None
FandangoNow logo FandangoNow (formerly M-Go) is a pay-as-you-go rent or purchase site for both movies currently in theaters and previously released, plus current or previous TV series.  It operates on a variety of devices; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time.  As of September 2016 they were not able to confirm any plan to offer audio described content. None
HBO HBO and its two streaming services HBO Go and HBO Now do not offer any audio description.  See the article HBO’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Discriminates Against Blind PeopleUpdate Sep 2019:  In mid-2019, the ACB began informal negotiations with HBO regarding AD.  We will report progress here.  Technically speaking, HBO has offered at least two programs with AD long ago:  "Educating Peter" and "Monica and David," both of which focused on people with disabilities; and they may offer "Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements" on December 11, 2019.  But since this is so rare and with no further commitment yet, we leave them listed as not offering description. None
HBO Max
Updated Oct '19
Update Oct 29, 2019:  AT&T's WarnerMedia has revealed more detailed plans for its previously announced new service called HBO Max (sometimes referred to as the WarnerMedia Streaming Service) and said it would begin in May 2020 at a cost of $15/month (but a 2021 offering with ads may be lower priced and will include the addition of live TV).  The streaming service will featuring WarnerMedia’s films and television shows and will include content from properties like DC, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, HBO, plus original programming (released weekly, not all at once; 50 scheduled for 2021) -- all told, 10,000 hours initially.  We are "assuming" they will include audio description in their new service, as in mid-2019, the ACB began informal negotiations with HBO regarding AD for its current and future offerings; but until AD is confirmed, it remains here with the unknowns..  You can read an article from June 2019 on this service and the July 2019 announcement of the new name.  HBO Max will be offered at no extra charge to AT&T customers who are also HBO subscribers, and all HBO subscribers will gain free access to the streaming service. tbd
Jetstream
New
Oct '19
Jetstream 4K Ultra HD Android TV Box with Voice Search Remote (AGT418); available from Walmart for $70 as of 10-15-19.  Built-in Google Assistant; supports major streaming services and "supports 60 FPS video at 4K resolution while the included remote has built-in Bluetooth voice search technology so that you can use your voice to browse, install, and play more apps, games, movies, and shows. The box includes 8GB storage, 4.0, 2 USB ports, and a MicroSD card slot to play your own media."  Support of AD:  unknown. tbd
Peacock
Updated
Nov 1
NBC has announced that it will begin its ad-supported streaming service named Peacock in April 2020.  They are considering making the service free due to ad support!  A lot of content has been announced, and we know this includes The Office and Parks and Rec, both of which have audio description tracks available.  They will also offer films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and other major studios, plus original series, news, sports, late-night, and reality.  Until we hear for sure that the service will offer description, it will remain in this section.  Read the September 2019 Peacock announcement from CordCutters. tbd
PlayStation Vue
Updated
Nov '19
PlayStation Vue (owned by Sony but on October 29 they announced it is shutting down on January 30, 2020) combines live TV (cable stations and some broadcast networks), on-demand programming, and a DVR for streaming to a PlayStation console or other supported devices (such as Apple TV or Amazon Fire stick/TV).  We have no reason to believe they support AD. None
Plex
New
Dec '19
Plex is a new streaming service in December 2019 which offers thousands of movies for free on many streaming devices.  We have contacted them to ask if they support audio description and are awaiting a response.  Read:  Plex launches its free movie and TV streaming service. New, none known
Redbox Redbox, known for its red self-service DVD and Blu-ray disc kiosks, also has a streaming service that it calls Redbox On Demand.  As far as we know, you cannot access an audio description track as an alternate language.  Let us know if you can! None
Showtime Showtime offers a streaming service, but no audio description.  In January 2019 they responded to an inquiry from someone as follows:  "Unfortunately, at this time Showtime does not offer any described video for any of its content. Neither for original or licensed content." None
Sling TV Logo Sling TV, owned by Dish Network, is an OTT (Over the Top) streaming service which offers over 65 channels including CNN, ESPN, TNT, TBS, The Cartoon Network, and Blockbuster on Demand, and supports the usual cadre of devices like iOS and Roku.  Subscriptions start at $25/month, discounted for the first three months.  Their smartphone App itself does not support audio description; however, they tell us you can access Sling TV via devices that DO support description, such as ROKU sticks.  In April, 2019, one of our users tested on an Apple TV and said he could not access description.  Until someone can verify description using Sling, it remains here ... None that we can verify...
Toon Googles Logo Toon Goggles is one of several children's programs video streaming services, supporting iOS, Android, and Windows.  They do not offer any audio described content at this time.  In February 2018 they indicated they had no timetable for adding it. None
Vudu Logo Vudu, owned by Walmart, offers movies for streaming rental or sale on a variety of devices; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time that we know about.  They passed our February 2016 inquiry along for future consideration.  Note:  We previously reported that Walmart was planning its own service; but in January 2019 they abandoned that plan. None 
You Tube Premium Logo YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) is a subscription streaming service; however, it does not offer any audio described content at this time.  They responded to our inquiry in February 2016 by saying they would pass the request along to their product team.  See however YouTube TV above. None
OTHER
SERVICES

There are many other streaming video services that we don't know anything about, but we don't have any reason to believe any of them offer audio described content.  If you find any, please let us know!

Crunchyroll, Funimation (the two previous sites are working together, but we've been told there are licensing issues regarding Crunchyroll preventing description), Google Play, PlayStation Video (not the same as PlayStation Vue), Xbox Video ...

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If you learn that any service above has started offering described programming, please advise the webmaster!

Dropped or Status-Unknown Described Streaming Services.
Please email the webmaster with any updates.

Disney Movies Anywhere Logo

The Disney Movies Anywhere service closed on February 28, 2018, with conversion to the Movies Anywhere app, which does NOT contain the "Sync & Play" ability to deliver audio description tracks like its predecessor.  Movies Anywhere is simply a consolidator for your own movies purchased separately.  The ADP has contacted Disney regarding the lack of Audio Description Support, without a response...  Disney's Announcement.

See also Disney+ above.

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Passport The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) offers a feature called Passport within their PBS Video App which streams much of their programming.  If a program has an audio description track, SUPPOSEDLY you can activate it just before the program plays.  To use Passport you must be a Sustaining Member of your local PBS station ($5/month or $60/year).  The PBS Video App is available for multiple devices, including iOS, Android, Roku, and Amazon Fire products.  Update October 2018:  Someone who tried this said it didn't work, so we have moved it to the Status-Unknown category.  If you can confirm this AD service still works, please notify the webmaster. n/a
Tell Me TV This service was removed from our listing above in November 2017 because their website is not being updated and the support email address does not work. n/a

Several studies from late-2015 to 2018 have shown that the dominant player in the fee streaming video market is Netflix by large margin over its nearest competitors:  Amazon's Prime Video, HBO Go, Walmart's Vudu, and Hulu.  (These statistics do not include the free videos on regular YouTube, a very highly used service.)  iTunes actually has more described movies than Netflix has described videos, though if you count individual series episodes, Netflix exceeds iTunes.  Also, iTunes only offers movies, while Netflix has a constant influx of new content, and it is all included for one fee, so we still consider Netflix "dominant."

Streaming Service Comparison Chart
(From Yahoo! Finance article, April 2019)

APPENDIX:  Guide to Accessing YouTube TV's Audio Description Updated Oct '19

The following information was supplied by ADP Media Committee member Timothy Wynn in October 2018 based on his experimentation with YouTube TV and has been updated with additional user input.  One user reported in July 2019 that Roku Sticks do not support AD.  All information here is, of course, subject to change.  Please submit your own experience to the webmaster.  [Note:  SAP means AD, as in has audio description.]

SAP access method:

Broadcast networks:

Non-broadcast networks:

Miscellaneous: