Netflix has announced that it will start adding audio descriptions for visually impaired viewers, beginning with the recently released Daredevil TV series.
Audio descriptions add an optional narration track that describes the onscreen action for viewers with visual difficulties, chosen in the same way as any alternate language track, according to Netflix.
In the case of Daredevil, it’s rather fitting to be Netflix’s first choice, what with the title character being rather specifically blind. It has taken a while for Netflix to get on board with audio descriptions, with one group, the Accessible Netflix Project petitioning Netflix for this kind of feature for the last three years.
Netflix’s statement on audio descriptions says that while Daredevil will be its first audio description accessible title, it won’t be the last, with other Netflix Originals such as House Of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo also in line to gain audio description tracks.
English will be the language of choice for now, with Netflix stating that it is “also exploring adding audio description into other languages in the future”.
It’s a good week for audio description, with the ABC also beginning a trial of audio description on iView for selected programs.