Now Showing: Rule in Place Requiring Movie Theaters to be More Accessible

by: David Titmus

A rule designed to make movie theaters more accessible to those with hearing or vision difficulties is now in effect at theaters across the country. Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Movie Captioning and Audio Description Rule requires movie theaters that show digital movies make … Read More

Expanded Video Description Rules, Hours take Effect July 1

by: David Titmus

The rules governing the number of hours of video-described programming that networks are required to provide are changing July 1. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will require the top four broadcast networks and the top five non-broadcast networks to provide 87.5 hours of video description per calendar quarter. The updated … Read More

FCC Updates Top Five Non-Broadcast Networks Subject to Video Description

by: David Titmus

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this month announced changes to its list of the top five national non-broadcast networks subject to video description requirements. Beginning July 1, the new top five national non-broadcast networks, based on Nielsen ratings, will be USA, HGTV, TBS, Discovery, and History. The commission updates … Read More

Lack of Audio Descriptions has Hulu Answering to a Class Action Lawsuit

by: David Titmus

A class action lawsuit filed in Massachusetts district court argues that video streaming giant Hulu LLC excludes the blind and visually impaired. The complaint, filed late last month by the American Council of the Blind and Bay State Council of the Blind, accuses Hulu of violating the Americans with Disabilities … Read More

Expanded Audio Description on TV Programs: Coming Soon!

by: David Titmus

Many TV fans who are blind or have low vision rely on audio description to experience television programming. In the same way captions provide a visual way to experience sound, audio description provides an audio means to experience video. It is a narrative description of onscreen actions, visual cues, and … Read More

FCC Delays Ruling on Audio Description Expansion

by: VITAC

The FCC most likely won’t act upon any rulings Post-Election Many blind and individuals with low-vision are frustrated after an item regarding audio description expansion (referred to as video description by the FCC) was deleted from the FCC’s November 17th open meeting agenda. Audio description is a verbal representation of visual … Read More

FCC To Possibly Extend Audio Description Rules

by: VITAC

FCC Releases Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Expanding Audio Description Rules Have you heard the buzz about audio description? Audio description offers blind and low-vision audiences the opportunity to enjoy television or film programming. It is a narrative description of onscreen actions, visual cues such as characters and costumes, and text … Read More

Netflix to Offer Audio Description On Popular Titles

by: VITAC

Netflix Will Offer Audio Description on Streaming and Rental Titles, Implement Screen-Reading Software for Website and App Blind and low-vision Netflix consumers will now have better access to its popular programming. In a settlement reached last month, Netflix has now agreed to produce audio description for a lot of its … Read More