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Audio Description: What It Is, Where to Find It, and How to Use It

by Judy Dixon

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If you've ever tried to watch something on television that you were told would be described, only to find that there was no description, and wondered if you were doing something wrong, this book is for you. Audio description (AD) not only significantly enhances the quality of entertainment available to people who are blind or visually impaired, it also increases the ability to participate in shared cultural conversations. Popular technology writer Judy Dixon pulls back the curtain on the dynamic, ever-changing world of AD and shows how to activate it for the major streaming services (Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+, and Prime Video) on the most popular devices (Amazon Fire TV/Fire TV Stick, iPhone/iPad, Android phones, Chromecast with Google TV, Apple TV, and Roku Express). She also covers the history of AD; AD on broadcast and non-broadcast TV; how to find AD content; AD at movies, plays, museums, national parks, and live events; and the future of AD. Includes a foreword by Deborah Kendrick.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction
About this Book

Chapter 1: Some Background on Audio Description
A Brief History of Audio Description
Legal Requirements for Audio Description
Broadcast and Cable Television
First-Run Movies

Chapter 2: Audio Description on Broadcast and Non-Broadcast Television
Antenna Connected Television
Cable Connected Television
Comcast Xfinity Service
Charter Communications Spectrum TV
Verizon FiOS
Other Ways to Access Live and Cable Television
The Channels App
YouTube TV
Spectrum Access
A Note About PBS

Chapter 3: Accessing Audio Description when Using Streaming Services
An Overview of Streaming Services
Apple TV+
Disney+
HBO Max
Hulu
Netflix
Paramount+
Prime Video
Streaming Devices
iPhone and iPad
Enabling VoiceOver on an iPhone and iPad
Apple TV+ on the iPhone and iPad
Disney+ on the iPhone and iPad
HBO Max on the iPhone and iPad
Hulu on the iPhone and iPad
Netflix on the iPhone and iPad
Paramount+ on the iPhone and iPad
Prime Video on the iPhone and iPad
Android Phone
Enabling TalkBack on an Android Phone
Apple TV+ on an Android Phone
Disney+ on an Android Phone
HBO Max on an Android Phone
Hulu on an Android Phone
Netflix on an Android Phone
Paramount+ on an Android Phone
Prime Video on an Android Phone
Apple TV
Enabling VoiceOver on an Apple TV
Apple TV+ on an Apple TV
Disney+ on an Apple TV
HBO Max on an Apple TV
Hulu on an Apple TV
Netflix on an Apple TV
Paramount+ on an Apple TV
Prime Video on an Apple TV
Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Enabling VoiceView on an Amazon Fire TV Stick
Turning on Audio Description in Settings for the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Using the Remote Control for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
Apple TV+ on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Disney+ on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
HBO Max on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Hulu on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Netflix on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Paramount+ on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Prime Video on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV
Chromecast with Google TV
Enabling TalkBack on a Chromecast with Google TV
Apple TV+ on a Chromecast with Google TV
Disney+ on a Chromecast with Google TV
HBO Max on a Chromecast with Google TV
Hulu on a Chromecast with Google TV
Netflix on a Chromecast with Google TV
Paramount+ on a Chromecast with Google TV
Prime Video on a Chromecast with Google TV
Roku Express
Enabling Audio Guide on a Roku Express
Apple TV+ on a Roku Express
Disney+ on a Roku Express
HBO Max on a Roku Express
Hulu on a Roku Express
Netflix on a Roku Express
Paramount+ on a Roku Express
Prime Video on a Roku Express

Chapter 4: Finding Audio-Described Content
ACB Audio Description Project
NFB-Newsline
Fandango

Chapter 5: Audio Description at Movies, Plays, Museums, National Parks, and Live Events
AD at the Movie Theater
AD at Live Theater
AD at Museums
AD at National Parks
AD at Live Events

Chapter 6: Other Venues for Audio Description
Education
YouTube
Airlines
Describing Current Events
Another Kind of Current Event

Chapter 7: The Future of Audio Description
Audio Enhancements
Text-to-Speech

Resources
Articles
Books and Research Reports
Podcasts
Websites
General
Legal Issues
Broadcast and Non-Broadcast Television
Streaming Services
Streaming Devices