In the past few months we have made some advancements and discoveries regarding audio description and Netflix, as well as alternatives such as TalkingFlix. We’re here to tell you about another audio description on demand service that provides audio description for the whole family, not just the blind, and the visually impaired based out of Canada. The service is called Zagga TV, created by Zagga Entertainment. Zagga entertainment founded in January of 2012 and they were incorporated in February of that year.
The website is http://zagga.tv/
The tagline of the site appears to be watch what you want, where you want, instantly and accessibly, as that’s exactly what the service aims to do, provide on demand described movies and or TV shows, with video, for the entire family to enjoy.
According to the website, “they understand the frustration that comes with discovering your cable company’s VOD website is inaccessible. They have felt the aggravation over finding no described video titles on the most popular VOD platforms. This is why they are here. Zagga Entertainment makes watching described movies and TV shows easy, convenient and fun,” they write on their about page. This service will also make the described videos accessible on mobile devices, as well.
A portion of your monthly subscription fee will go towards professionally describing more movies and TV shows for every Zagga Entertainment subscriber to enjoy
The home page has a magnificent promo video that details what the service will be about. The video has wonderfully crisp audio description, as well.
The site has many links to browse through, including a samples page of some videos with audio description, and what they might look like on the platform as well as a news page with Canadian newspapers and media outlets. International web surfers may have a hard time accessing all of the news content, such as the audio and the video, but the Zagga website is open for anyone to browse through.
Their contact page is http://zagga.tv/contact-us/ just in case users want to ask questions or schedule a press related interview.
No details have been issued yet as to the cost of the monthly fee, and it appears that they don’t have a credits’ system such as TalkingFlix, but we’re sure this will be a profitable alternative to other video on demand services that are completely inaccessible or refuse inaccessibility altogether.
Their Indiegogo campaign gives their audience a chance to figuratively “take ownership” of the launch of this service and be directly involved with starting it.
If you’re blind or have low vision it would be worthwhile considering canceling your inaccessible subscription with mainstream providers and consider Zagga as a new, and hip, Netflix for the blind.
It will be interesting to see how Zagga TV and TalkingFlix will hold their own after the official launch of both platforms but this is a great year for audio description on demand! If mainstream VOD providers don’t realize they will lose subscribers, perhaps the plummeting numbers will convince them after the two services are in full swing.
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While the accessible Netflix project is working very hard behind the scenes in regards to our next course of action after sending our letter wishing to dialogue, news outlets have been noticing us and promoting us and even rooting for us, which is beyond epic!
There are a few blogs and news articles, podcasts, and videos that didn’t quite make their way towards us, but a quick Google search brought them up and now they are on our press page, as appropriate.
There are a lot of interviews that I, Robert Kingett, have been having with a lot of people. Some of which are listed below.
The Huffington post.
AMI, accessible media Inc. in Canada.
The New York Times.
RNIB’s evening show.
COAT, The coalition for accessible technology,
And more will be on the way. Links will show up on our press page as they are published and or aired on a podcast.
There’s even news about us that we don’t even know about straight away, which is totally great! It’s refreshing to see people reading our news on the air and also planning for future interviews.
RNIB’s morning edition had a discussion about us some time ago, and the file below is the entire segment they had, which was epically done, by the way.
Link to audio file. http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-130496/TS-840656.mp3
We have news as well about new partnerships that we are forming as well, but that will be for another blog post!
As all of this is happening behind the blog, viewers and readers can still help us in many ways. Any small thing is highly appreciated.
People could also guest blog their accessibility experiences with Netflix and or attempts to do what we are attempting to do.
In other news, we’re trying to get a hold of VOD Film services in the UK to ask about adding audio description for their services. At the moment, the only provider that we know of that offers audio description on demand of recent episodes of certain TV shows is the BBC via IPlayer, which is not available to international viewers.
Since none of our small team is in the UK geographically, we cannot reach anyone definitive at these companies via phone. Email is our only option. I, myself, have tried to email a lot of people, but must of the time I can only find a generic email. I message that anyway but a generic response comes back to me about activating my account.
We have been trying to get someone at Hulu, still, and or Amazon as well, even though they are only available in the United States but make no mistake of it; we will definitely reach out to these video streaming services while we work on the next definite step with Netflix that will happen this year. Stay tuned!
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.