In a move that may have ripple effects across the industry, Netflix will be supplying audio description tracks for many of its original programs, according to a post on its blog. The descriptive audio tracks will start with Marvel's Daredevil series and then spread to other popular titles including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
"Netflix is actively committed to increasing the number of audio-visual translations for movies and shows in our English-language catalogues. We are also exploring adding audio description into other languages in the future," according to Tracy Wright, who authored the post on the Netflix US and Canada blog.
Netflix is also planning to work with studios to make audio tracks available for other programs as well as exploring the possibility of tracks for other languages. Have you seen the audio tracks on Daredevil or any other shows yet? Sound off in the comments.
this is great. this is great audio describe helps me have a normal conversation about the latest media. thank you
Gregman Tuesday, 14-Apr-2015 6:09 PM ET:
I just tried to get the description through my Apple TV but couldn't get it to work. I have video description set to on, and then tried each of the 30 languages in the audio language menu. I did get it to change the program's language to French, German and Spanish, though...
retroxpsystems Tuesday, 14-Apr-2015 11:11 PM ET:
I just finished watching the first episode of Daredevil on an iPhone. Everything went smoothly. The audio description is very professional. With just the wright amount of details and well balanced audio. I was able to hear both the show and the description without any strain. I am looking forward to more titles being described on Netflix. It is a liberating feeling to be able to enjoy media just as the rest of the population does.
nycki96 Sunday, 19-Apr-2015 5:04 PM ET:
it does work great on the iPhone, and it originally worked on the Apple TV as well, but now they broke it as of Friday. Hope they fix it soon.
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