As we’re waiting on Netflix to respond to our letter I just want to point you all to a link that I have created featuring links to every campaign that I am doing. I’m involved in everything from HIV awareness to helping the town with local accessibility issues and the like. Please note that this isn’t the list of campaigns other people have created that I have helped in these are links to things that I have started on my own. As I complete campaigns and stuff the links will definitely disappear from the list or have a completed note next to them. I hope that you all enjoy the link. Below there’s also links to my blog and where to find me online and even a link to my master writing archive.
Audio description is slowly growing prevalent in the internet realm with applications that sync audio description to any movie at the movie theater, to audio described YouTube videos, but no digitally on demand audio description services have been available that are mainstream, until now.
Verizon is making a step that will set roadwork for companies such as Netflix and Hulu as well as others. They are the first ever to offer audio description on demand with their Verizon FIOS service available in limited states in the United States.
I, Robert Kingett, have written an in depth news article about it that can be found at the link below. This definitely shows that audio description is making its way onto digital platforms so it’s very possible that other companies will start following the lead. In fact this proves that the capability can be done and now there is little excuse to not do so. Hopefully companies such as Red Box, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon instant, and others like it will follow Verizon’s lead. This effort shows that this can be done, as it should happen anyway.
It’s been a while since we’ve had updates but I’m here to report some big steps forward!
Although we have been quiet, we have been working behind the scenes to connect with other organizations who share our concerns. We have been working with the Description Leadership Network (DLN) — a coalition of description and video-accessibility stakeholder organizations that includes the American Council of the blind, the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Federation of the Blind, and many others.
The Description Leadership Network is seeking to open a dialog with Netflix regarding accessibility of their services for blind customers.
Dr. Joshua A. Miele, Founder and Corresponding Secretary of The Description Leadership Network, is coordinating the effort to engage with Netflix on a variety of accessibility issues faced by blind Netflix customers.
In late September, Dr. Miele sent a letter to Reed Hastings offering to help organize a meeting that would include Netflix representatives, DLN members, the Accessible Netflix Project, and other important media-accessibility stakeholders. We will let you know when we hear back from them.
Thank you to everyone involved, and our very passionate partners, followers, and fellow Netflix lovers. With this move we hope to contribute to a dialogue that will benefit everyone! Stay tuned for more updates.
Hi all! I’m just making a quick post to detail that some things behind the scenes are taking place with audio description and Netflix.
However, because of our efforts, other people like the ACB are collaborating ideas to fix the audio description online issue, so it looks like we definitely got some heads turning and thoughts clinking into new directions.
A far as Netflix goes, we are still working very hard to work out solutions. Thought we may be quiet on the blog, we’re definitely making stuff happen so stay tuned because big news is on the way along with ideas!
The good thing is that Hulu have also seen our project and they sent me a quick email asking how audio description can be done. I didn’t have any on demand services in the United States so I pointed them to the RNIB.
I have finally received a definitive answer regarding the TV show Family Guy and video description. I won’t say anything in regards; I will just paste the email that I have received just now.
I have a few more answers for you regarding video description. This is from memory from a phone conversation earlier this morning; a few details may be left out.
ITunes is the only streaming service that currently has the option for video description, but only for a few movies. It is a separate section that just has the audio files for a reduced cost. Other streaming services like Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, etc… Do not support video description at this time. Since file delivery workflow is essentially the same for each service, they won’t institute a new policy unless all services are in agreement, or if they are required by law (like broadcast).
Syndication is apparently interested in including video description with their deliveries. As I mentioned before, I believe Modern Family was a test case. They will be looking to implement this next year (March) for Season 11. They will not go back to revise files for previous seasons.
I admit, this is definitely a huge bummer, but I did immediately write her back and asked her what about putting them on iTunes? Even though I definitely have a bias hatred for iTunes with every bone in my body it still could be the shining beacon of example that tells other companies “look, you should be doing this too!” what do you think about this new founding with audio description? Let us know in the comments!
Perhaps we can voice the lack of audio decsription on the internet!
Sen. Tom Harkin to Headline Discussion in Commemoration of 40th Anniversary
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, Sept. 26, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor will hold a public symposium from 12-5 p.m. entitled “The Past, Present, and Future of the Rehabilitation Act” at EEOC headquarters at 131 M Street, NE Washington, D.C. 20507.
Distinguished speakers will include Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), as well as EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien, Commissioner Chai Feldblum, and other experts on disability issues. Other invited speakers include:
· Debra Carr, Director of the Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development for the Office of the Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Dept. of Labor
· Judith Heumann, Special Advisor, International Disability Rights, U.S. Dept. of State
· Claudia Gordon, Public Engagement Advisor on Disability, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
· Jeff Rosen, Chairperson, National Council on Disability
· John Wodatch, retired Chief, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Dept. of Justice
· Robert Silverstein, Attorney, Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville PC
· Ruby Moore, Executive Director, The Georgia Advocacy Office
Organizations who have an interest in the employment of individuals with disabilities will also exhibit in the hall outside of the symposium, beginning at noon. To reserve a space, e-mail RSVPAnderson@eeoc.gov.
Seating for the event is limited, so you must RSVP and request any accommodations by sending an e-mail to FederalTrainingandOutreach@eeoc.gov and typing “Rehab Act Event RSVP” in the subject line. It is suggested that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the event begins in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. The event agenda is subject to revision.
The EEOC is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the workplace. Further information about the EEOC is available at www.eeoc.gov.