Netflix adds accessibility features

Marvel's DaredevilAs I sat down to watch Netflix’s Daredevil last night I noticed a small message popup regarding their special audio service for blind “viewers”.

It’s a novel feature. Now the blind can watch TV too.

The new audio feature is a narration track that describes what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes.

This announcement comes as we regularly see requests for captioning of shows by deaf viewers.

The new service coincides with the release of Marvel’s Daredevil which revolves around a superhero who is blind and develops heightened sensory perception in lieu of sight.

Netflix will add the feature to more titles, including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and Marco Polo in the coming weeks.

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Regan is one of the co-founders of Throng Media.
If they're on, I'm usually watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, 24, Battlestar Galactica, The X Factor, Survivor, House of Cards, Mad Men and the NRL.
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  • Trevor Ashman

    I also would love to see a ” what’s new ” section on there 🙂

  • Audio descriptive is a feature often found on DVD’s and Blu rays. It is new for television though. Interestingly it is also available now for stage theatre as well via a sound booth and headset.