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The FCC Wants to Know
What Changes You Want to the CVAA
We detail WHAT you might want to comment on and HOW to submit your comments
to the FCC on the subject of how you feel the FCC may need to take greater
control over what shows are distributed with audio description (the essence of
the CVAA). Read our article on
how to submit comments. If you don't comment, they will assume
you are satisfied with the status quo. Deadline is May 24.
(Updated April 27)
We Support the TBS Petition to the FCC
On April 29, 2021, the FCC released a
Public Notice seeking comment on TBS's petition for limited waiver of the
requirement to provide 87.5 hours of audio described programming per calendar
quarter. Parent company WarnerMedia is requesting this waiver for TBS
because the audio description re-run rule does not adequately count the full
quantity of audio description aired by TBS. This waiver request is
similar to that sought successfully by NBC-Universal for USA Network in 2019,
but with two
(1) TBS pledges to air at least 1,000 hours of described
programming each quarter, equal to that of USA Network. In addition, TBS
pledges to average more than 1,400 hours of described programming per quarter
over the waiver period.
(2) WarnerMedia commits that it will describe 100%
of newly produced, non-live programming aired between 6:00 a.m. and midnight
ET within three business days of receipt from the production company not only
on TBS, but also on TNT and TruTV, TBS sister networks, which are not subject to the
Commission's audio description requirements. (The USA commitment was
The ACB encourages all interested parties to file comments in
support of the TBS waiver request. Comments are due by June 1, 2021. To file your comments,
write them up in a file and go to
and enter the generic proceeding number 11-43. Alternatively, go to
and type your comments directly. It's OK to be brief! (Posted Apr
ACB/ADP Achievement Award Nominations
Deadline extended to May 23rd
It's time again (the 13th time, to be exact) to nominate an individual or
organization for an ADP Achievement Award. This year
the categories have been restructured a bit to allow separate nomination for
individuals and organizations for Media, Performing Arts, and Museums.
Read the full nomination criteria and options for submitting a nomination at
2021 ADP Achievement Award Nominations. You can also see previous
winners in The Audio Description Honor Roll.
(Updated Apr 30)
UK Survey Wants 100% of Shows Described
United Kingdom based
survey on Change.org wants 100% of TV shows, films, and streaming service
originals to be audio described. As they say in the petition, "audio
description should be included in the filming budget and not just thought of
if the network has money leftover." Also see this related article
audio description missing from three-quarters of Netflix content. (Posted Apr 23)
Sighted People Benefit from AD, Too
we tend to think of audio description as an accessibility accommodation for
people with visual impairment, it turns out lots of sighted people can benefit
from AD too. In some cases these are folks with other challenges, such
as learning disabilities, but have you considered things like listening to a
movie while driving or doing something in a room with no TV? How about
giving people learning English more exposure to the language, or for
explanation of items that might not be clearly visible or names you are not
sure about? We cover all of this in a new article entitled, "The
Advantages of Audio Description for People Who Are NOT Blind!". We
even give you an option to print the page as a handout for a
friend. (Posted Apr 20)
Search of DCMP Catalog Now Available
We have updated our Find a Video search
(above and on our Master AD List page) to give you an
option to also search the DCMP (Described
and Captioned Media Program) website, which offers free
described and captioned versions of primarily educational films for family
members and educators with early learners through Grade 12 students who are
blind or deaf. A subset of titles are free to all without meeting that
qualification -- and
we now note which matched titles are free to all. Search DCMP.
(Updated Apr 20)
Audio Description News
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on May 4:
Judas and the Black Messiah;
The Little Things. No described DVDs were released on April 27. The April 20th release of Fantasia and
Fantasia 2000 is a little complicated,
since they are both available only via the Disney Movie Club in a
single packaging called The Best of Mickey. There are
many other copies out there, but none have audio description. 1 DVD with Audio Description was released on April 6:
Earwig and the Witch. 1 DVD with Audio Description was released on March 30:
Wonder Woman 1984.
Next Week May 11: Land; Pixie; The Mauritanian.
USA Described DVDs:
2021 | 2020 | All
Since 1997 | For Children
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Where to Watch the Academy Awards Best-Picture
Hulu, iTunes (Winner)
- Mank: Netflix
- Minari: Prime Video
- Promising Young Woman: DVD, Prime Video, iTunes
- Sound of Metal: Prime Video
- The Trial of the Chicago 7: Netflix
Other categories are mentioned in this
Where to Stream... article. (Updated May 4)
Audio Described TV Shows
Kids Say the Darndest Things; Wed 8pm.
Deadliest Catch: Bloodline; Dirty Mudder Truckers; Six Degrees With Mike
Rowe; Undercover Billionaire.
Home Town Takeover; Mediterranean Life.
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TV Shows by Day.
FCC Confirms Nonbroadcast Networks
Required to Provide
AD Starting July 1
The FCC has finished its
final selection process for the five nonbroadcast
networks required to provide audio description for the next three years
starting July 1. The process involved naming the top 10 based on
surveys, then allowing requests for exemptions. As usual, news and
sports networks requested exemption, and those exemptions were granted.
The five remaining networks are: Hallmark, HGTV, History, TBS, and TLC.
Hallmark and TLC will be new; Discovery and USA will be dropped.
(Posted Mar 9)
IKEA's Audio Catalog
Not exactly audio description, but you may be interested to know that IKEA has produced
catalog in audio format. (Posted Apr 6)
Describer Training in May
Training Retreats has just three seats left for their (virtual) audio describer
training classes in May. The dates are May 6-9 and May 27-31.
Please visit our Training/Education
page for details. (Updated Apr 23)
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The Audio Description Project's website collects and
provides information on audio description in all its forms: live theatre,
television, movies, DVDs, streaming services, and more. Started in
2002 by AD International, funding and direction for this website has come
from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project since
Read more about this site...
Audio Description (AD) is the descriptive narration
of key visual elements of live theatre, television, movies, and other media
to enhance their enjoyment by consumers who are blind or have low vision.
AD is the insertion of audio explanations and descriptions of the settings,
characters, and action taking place in such media, when such information
about these visual elements is not offered in the regular audio presentation.
Read more about audio description...
Based on his doctoral thesis and teaching audio description around the
world, ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder's book,
The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the
History and Applications of Audio Description, is available in print
(English, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian), for Kindle, on Bookshare, and
in braille and as an audio book from NLS libraries.
details about Dr. Snyder's book...
Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio
description for movies, videos, live theatre, and television. This
website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers
as possible. Thank you for visiting!