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Audio Description: Assistance Is Futile…

There’s no denying it – old TV watching habits are on the decline.

More and more of us are turning to streaming services in order to watch our favourite shows. With features such as high definition, HDR, surround sound and the ability to watch what we want, when we want, it’s no wonder millions of us are cutting the cord and starting a streaming binge.

However, there is one area where streaming is letting us down…

Audio Description.

Audio description is an audio track that you can choose while watching a show that describes what is happening on-screen. It’s a great feature for those of us with low or no vision and means that we can enjoy the latest movies & TV shows like everyone else. The trouble is, not every show has it, and even if it does, there’s no guarantee that your particular streaming service has included it. Or it may be available in one country but not in another. It’s incredibly frustrating to know that an Audio Description track has been made and is available elsewhere but you can’t access it.

Star Trek: The Final Straw.

With the recent, and much anticipated release of Star Trek: Picard, many of us were disappointed to find that it had no Audio Description. Thankfully, this was resolved a few days later and put down to a technical problem. So, problem solved? The Double Tap team aren’t so sure.

You can listen to the discussion below. Please note, since this recording, Amazon Prime Video in the UK has added audio description.

Has your favourite streaming show got an AD track? We’d love to hear your thoughts: email the team at feedback@ami.ca, you can tweet us @DoubleTapCanada, or find us on Facebook by searching for Double Tap Canada.

Shaun Preece View All

Co-host & audio producer on the Double Tap Canada radio show. Occasional contributor to Double Tap TV, full time shed resident.

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