Netflix To Pioneer New Audio For Visually Impaired With DAREDEVIL

Daredevil
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Marvel's Daredevil is a blind superhero. Now DD is also going to champion visually impaired fans.

Hot on the heels of the debut of Marvel's Daredevil television series, Netflix has announced that it is beginning adding audio descriptions to some of its original series for the visually impaired.

"At Netflix, we work hard to continually improve the experience for our members when viewing movies and shows on our service, including providing accessibility across devices," says Tracy Wright, Netflix's director content oprations. "Now we’re expanding our accessibility options by adding audio description on select titles, beginning today with our new critically acclaimed series, Marvel’s Daredevil."

Audio description is a narration track that explains by sound what is occuring on-screen, similiar to a play-by-play announce for a sports telecast. Netflix customers will be able to choose this audio narration in the same section as they're able to choose different languages available for Netflix programming.

After this new feature's premiere with Daredevil, Netflix says it will roll out the service to House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo. No time table has been released for those, but Wright says Netflix is "actively committed to increasing the number of audio-visual translations for movies and shows in our English-language catalogues" as well as other languages in the future.

"Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies," says Wright. "We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones."

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