Gadgets

HBO Max rolling out audio descriptions for select titles

ANI | March 27, 2021 02:55 PM
Representative image

Washington [US], March 27 (ANI): American streaming service HBO Max is now rolling out a dedicated audio description category on the platform. Select titles on the streamer will have audio descriptions, which are separate tracks that describe what's visually happening on-screen.

As per The Verge, the option is currently available on the website and mobile applications but not on TV apps.

Audio descriptions are useful for people who are blind or visually impaired, as they provide context that is not obvious from only hearing dialogue and music. So far, the described shows and movies include 'Euphoria', 'His Dark Materials', 'Generation', 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', 'Dunkirk', and more.

The new category in the streaming platform lists all of the currently described shows and movies in one place, though it doesn't yet show up on TV apps. There will also be improvements to the screen reader compatibility of the website and apps.

The audio descriptions and other changes will "allow our community to share equally with family and friends in the truly universal pastime of viewing television and movies," said Dan Spoone, president of the American Council of the Blind, in a statement.

For shows and movies that have audio descriptions available, the tracks can be turned on from within the caption settings at the bottom of the video player.

The new feature follows a settlement between WarnerMedia and blind individuals and advocacy groups that was reached last October.

The settlement called for at least 1,500 hours of described content on the streamer by the end of this March, increasing to at least 6,000 hours by the end of March 2023. (ANI)

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
Randhawa terms Rs.1400 per quintal hike in DAP as anti-farmer step
Randhawa terms Rs.1400 per quintal hike in DAP as anti-farmer step
More than 1100 doses administered to industrial workforce at mobile vaccination camps: Deputy Commissioner
More than 1100 doses administered to industrial workforce at mobile vaccination camps: Deputy Commissioner
Punjab CM virtually kicks off 100% free travel facility for women in govt buses within state
Punjab CM virtually kicks off 100% free travel facility for women in govt buses within state
Punjab Cabinet okays time-to-time remission benefits for convicts instead of just once
Punjab Cabinet okays time-to-time remission benefits for convicts instead of just once
e-IPHMDP embolden partnership and mutual cooperation among ITEC nations: Vini Mahajan
e-IPHMDP embolden partnership and mutual cooperation among ITEC nations: Vini Mahajan
Bharat Bandh: Complete bandh in Kapurthala
Bharat Bandh: Complete bandh in Kapurthala
Punjab CM digitally orders mass transfers of 19905 school teachers under Teachers Transfer Policy-2019
Punjab CM digitally orders mass transfers of 19905 school teachers under Teachers Transfer Policy-2019
Immediately stop police deployment from BJP ruled states to WB: TMC to Chief Electoral Officer
Immediately stop police deployment from BJP ruled states to WB: TMC to Chief Electoral Officer
Punjab: 24 DSP officers Transferred
Punjab: 24 DSP officers Transferred
More economic worries mean less caution about COVID-19: Study
More economic worries mean less caution about COVID-19: Study
Renowned academician and researcher Dr. Buta Singh Sidhu joins as vice chancellor of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda
Renowned academician and researcher Dr. Buta Singh Sidhu joins as vice chancellor of Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda
Cut chores, kill chill time: New advice to boost children's academic outcomes
Cut chores, kill chill time: New advice to boost children's academic outcomes