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Verizon FIOS offers audio description on demand

Posted Nov 9, 2013 by Robert Kingett
Usually if blind people want to see a movie with audio description on demand they have to get DVDs or subject to the few described movies on iTunes. Verizon now brings description on demand.
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There aren't any other accessible on demand options that have audio description for blind and visually-impaired consumers. Verizon is the first company to make such a giant step towards inclusion by providing content with audio description to all of its Verizon FIOS customers where FIOS serves.
Audio description is a growing advocacy effort. Now, it's in select movie theaters in the U.S., on DVDs and some television shows. It conveys the key visual aspects of a film or television program by describing things like scenery, facial expressions, and costumes during natural pauses in the dialogue. Specifically, the added narration is mixed with the dialogue, music, and effects to seamlessly create an enhanced viewing experience.
Verizon FiOS is a bundled Internet access, telephone, and television service which operates over a fiber-optic communications network. It is offered in some areas of the United States by Verizon Communications and Frontier Communications. Illinois is not one of their service areas yet, among others.
The selection of movies, with more to come, that Verizon customers can enjoy with audio description include Wreck It Ralph, The Hangover III, Gangster Squad, The Great Gatsby, Iron Man 3 and Monsters University.
Being the first on demand service to offer audio description, Verizon FIOS is breaking down that internet gap and giving blind and visually impaired consumers the needed inclusion. Hopefully other companies will follow the right business practice.