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Netflix Launch Synthesised Audio Description

The on demand streaming service Netflix have launched two new TV series featuring audio description for blind people with a difference.

Using the latest synthesised voice technology, the two new series feature computer voice rather than a human reading out the description.

Audio description is an additional audio track that describes the action on screen, in the same way subtitles display dialogue.

The two series are ‘A Shot In the Dark’ and ‘Fastest Car’ and feature a male and female synthesised voice respectively.

Speaking on RNIB Connect Radio’s ‘Tech Talk’ program, Erica Kram, project manager at Netflix said “The next few decades or so, synthesised voice technology is going to be so incredible. I’ve already seen the beginning of it. We’ve done a couple of experiments with synthesised audio description and while it’s good, I think it’s its just the beginning  and I’m really excited to see what it can do.”

Check out the episode of “Tech Talk” from RNIB’s Audioboom page or listen via the audio player below.





Steven Scott View All

I am an absolute geek who loves technology. I also happen to be severely sight impaired and that has meant my journey with new technology has been challenging. What I've learnt is what I want to share with others and I do that on air in the UK on RNIB Connect Radio's weekly Tech Talk radio show and podcast, and on AMI-Audio's Double Tap Canada radio show and podcast. I'm also a very lucky husband and the owner of the world's coolest dog!

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  1. Does not sound too bad, might be more acceptable because it’s non-fiction. Would love to know the feedback from the blind community.

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