VICTORY! Daredevil has audio description with more to come

Today marks a historical victory for our team, Netflix, and the blind community. Today, Netflix has added audio description to their original show Daredevil.

Netflix has announced in a blog post released earlier today that Daredevil isn’t the only show that will have audio description. According to the blog, “we’ll add more titles, including current and previous seasons of the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning political thriller House of Cards, Emmy award-winning comedy-drama series Orange is the New Black, as well as Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the epic adventure series Marco Polo.”

We’re all rejoicing over this news. This marks a day for advancement. This is a day that proves that anything is possible and that other companies should follow suit. We’re hoping Hulu and others follow Netflix’s course of action. It’s technically and financially doable, after all, so there isn’t an excuse anymore.

As mentioned on Twitter, however, the web player is still inaccessible to screen readers. Nevertheless, many blind and visually impaired Netflix subscribers are happily enjoying Daredevil described.

The audio description plays on computers and video game systems including the PS4 and Xbox One.

Here’s an informative post on how to enable Audio Description for the iOS devices, Android devices, and the Apple TV:

Netflix illustrated that this is a pilot test, and will be fixing bugs in the coming weeks, in addition to adding audio description to the shows mentioned above. They have also illustrated they’d explore adding audio description in different languages.

Now comes the easy part. The DVD’s that have audio description can easily be added to the platform. We’re still advocating but we are celebrating this victory loudly and proudly.

Netflix detailed plans for future audio description by saying ” Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies. We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones. ”

To sum everything up nicely, a Washington post report says it all.

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8 thoughts on “VICTORY! Daredevil has audio description with more to come

  1. The inaccessibility of the interface cannot be overstated. A description track a blind person cannot turn on and off without sighted help effectively does not exist.

  2. Hey everyone,

    Great news that Netflix is doing this, hopefully my company will help continue the trend.

    I work for Media Access Group at WGBH in their audio description division. They have a big captions division as well. I am a describer, editor and post production supervisor on the audio mixes of our description. We do a lot of broadcast TV and big theatrical movies. For some time now, I’ve wanted the ability to reach out and really understand how the visually impaired audience prefers the AD to sound with their programming. We have a certain number of conventions, mostly in place to keep the viewing experience exactly as it would be for a sighted viewer. Is this a good forum where I could ask questions and get feedback?

    Thanks!
    Josh

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