Due to be released later this year, TalkingFlix is an accessible alternative to netflix, where you can listen to audio described movies and television shows. Allan Russell spoke to Robert Kingett to find out more.
In the days that this blog has not been updating, a lot has been happening behind the scenes regarding Netflix, and even accessible Netflix alternatives.
On the Netflix side, we’re planning the next step. We are not twiddling our thumbs on this. Something will definitely happen this year, even if it’s news or meetings, but for now, everyone is putting our heads to the test as we carefully work out what the next action will be.
Since we’re still planning, contemplating, strategically wondering, we need help from our community. There’s a lot of ways that our community can help us. Everything helps a little.
In other news, I, Robert Kingett, have been interviewed by insight Radio about TalkingFlix, the new audio description on demand service.
TalkingFlix was made with love by the people at Crossway Media Solutions. Check out the Champions of TalkingFlix, mainly, me, or visit their corporate website for details about the team.
Crossway Media Solutions provides an online entertainment service for visually impaired consumers and develops cutting-edge products for the accessibility industry. With an aim of connecting visually impaired and sighted consumers in a shared social experience of enjoying entertainment content together, TalkingFlix narrows the divide between two worlds.
Since I’m an advisor for the people behind TalkingFlix, I voluntarily test out the site, and also provide suggestions based on trends or market niches I’ve seen as a consumer as well as a journalist.
And oh my god! Insight Radio did an interview with me! The interview took place on Skype, and it will go live on the air at March 4, at 12:45 PM Chicago time. The UK lives in the future so I’m guessing this will be at night for the folks over there. When this becomes available as a podcast, a link will be provided below and in the media section of the accessible Netflix project website.
There hasn’t been an audio description on demand service that everybody could enjoy, even on an international scope.
The few audio described sources that are on the web are either geographically based, illegal, or have a limited number of content with audio description.
Today, a new audio description service has launched.
Introducing TalkingFlix… for under $10 a month. Check the website for updates and news.
The first global Audio-Described On-Demand entertainment service for the visually impaired is launching soon. We are excited to open TalkingFlix for pre-launch signups. Early adopters will get exclusive perks: deals on our subscription or premium movies and television shows, the option of becoming a beta tester, and the chance to start earning credits for referring friends. The sooner you sign up, the more referral credit you can collect before our launch.
Below is my referral link. Users can receive credits that they can use towards the service so that cash does not have to be spent – credits can be used instead…
Don’t forget to check out the Crossway Media Solutions, the company behind TalkingFlix, at http://crosswaymediasolutions.com
It’s a new year, and with the new year we have new content! We also have new initiatives as well, one of which is a petition regarding accessibility and audio description on VOD services such as Netflix, Hulu, and others. We did not make this. Someone linked it to us a few days ago
At the moment, the 3 large online movie streaming companies (sky, Netflix and love film), which hold an affective oligopoly on the online film streaming market, do not offer audio description as part of their online services. This is important as it is stopping blind and partially sighted people watching films on demand instantly with their families: a service available to the able-bodied market.
To sign the petition visit https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-descrimination-against-blind-and-partially-sighted-film-viewers
Hi all. since things are a bit slow on the update front I’d like to ask for your help, the viewers, readers, supporters, and followers by asking Video On Demand services, such as Netflix and Hulu, to provide audio description and accessibility improvements, if applicable, for their streaming services. Elbow you will find various numbers and links to contact these companies. If you can help us make some contacts that we haven’t been able to make in any of the below, that’s super! So, with the strength of the blind and visually impaired community let’s make described TV shows and movies a regular in the on demand age! Let us know what happens by sending us an email.
NOTE. This list will update so check back often!
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Santa Clara, CA 95051
Founded in 2004
12312 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90064 United States
100 Winchester Circle Los Gatos CA 95032
Netflix corporate phone number: (408) 540-3700
Main number to offices. 1 408 540 3700
Redbox Corporate Office & Headquarters 1 Tower Lane Suite 1200 Oakbrook Terrace IL 60187
Redbox corporate phone number:
Amazon Corporate Office & Headquarters
410 Terry Avenue North Seattle WA 98109
Amazon corporate phone number:
APPLE. Main contact we page.
As the accessible Netflix project continues to advocate for an accessible Netflix by making connections behind the scenes a lot of readers have been asking if there’s a way that they can watch live described TV on their PC. We have not found a solution for a Mac.
You’d have to download a program that’s called TV Speak.
There is a product called TV Speak, by Code Factory, which allows you to access the SAP channel sound via your PC without a TV.
TV Speak is an application that is installed on a computer which is equipped to receive the TV signal through a tuner card. This application allows the blind or visually impaired to use the most common functionality of digital television in an accessible way.
All text content offered by digital television is verbalized by Acapela speech synthesis, so TV Speak reads aloud texts such as the information from a program, the setup menus or the complete guide to the television programs. To control the TV remotely you have to use the computer keyboard on which you installed TV Speak and for more comfort you can do it with a wireless keyboard.
TV Speak is a product developed in collaboration with ONCE-CIDAT
To use TV Speak, you need a computer with Windows 7, Vista or XP operating system, and a TV socket.
Apart from the computer, you will need:
A TV tuner card. For example AVerTVHD Volar MAX, found at http://www.avermedia-usa.com//AVerTV/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Id=472
The tuner will make the connection between your computer and the TV antenna. One side has a USB port to plug into a computer and on the other side has a plug to connect the antenna. In other words, the TV antenna cable which comes from the wall is connected to the TV tuner, which in turn is connected to the PC via a USB port.
To learn more about TV Speak visit http://www.codefactory.es/tvspeak/index_en.html