Audio description is an optional additional
narrative of on-screen visuals, usually inserted between dialogue
(that is, in the quiet parts it may say something like "Mark walks
towards the car and almost trips over"...). It can be turned on or
off. Audio description is available on DVD's, TV's, UHF digital
set top boxes, satellite receivers and computers. This service
allows blind and vision impaired people to build an image in their
mind of what is happening on-screen. A TV show or movie without
audio description may not make sense to a blind or visually
impaired person as they cannot see visually what is happening on
the screen. Audio description is also currently available in
some live theatres around the country, however you will need to
enquire with your local theatre as to which ones are audio
described and when they are showing.
description and subtitles available on attitudelive.com in
Attitude live is on TV1 here in New Zealand and
features people with a range of disabilities, great attitudes and
their personal stories about overcoming adversity. To find out
more, or to view some of these stories with audio description (for
the vision impaired) and/or subtitles (for the hearing impaired)
please visit the following link http://attitudelive.com/accessibility/
Using your broadband connection, you can listen
to Blindy TV over the internet. It broadcasts a variety of
channels which are audio described so that the listener can follow
what is happening during the programme. This link will also give
you an idea of what to expect when listening to audio description
for the first time on a television programme, an audio described
DVD or bluray with audio description available on it. Remember
with Blindy TV, there are no visuals for the sighted, as this is
audio only. http://blindy.tv/
Remember also should you wish to try out both the audio and video
on a DVD you can always hire one that is "Audio described". Please
view the paragraph titled "Checking
if AD is available" below, in the "What to look for on a DVD
(digital video disk) section, if you would like to know the
various ways that AD is advertised on the back of disks. For other
devices such as set top boxes etcetera, audio description will
need to be enabled on that device.
both audio description and subtitles
you aware when Netflix (an online streaming service) came to New
Zealand in April 2015, they also introduced extra services? One
service was audio description (for the visually impaired and
blind) and the other service was subtitles (for the hearing
impaired). These services will have to be turned on in Netflix.
For more information on how to enable these features on your
device please go to https://help.netflix.com/en/node/25079?ba=GSButtonClick&q=
two services will come to our on demand services (streaming)
here in New Zealand as well! Imagine if online
subscription based streaming services had audio description in the
future (just like TVNZ and some DVD's do now)?! It would open up
the door for not only visually impaired and blind customers, but
others who are print disabled who could gain a better listening
and/or viewing experience with the assistance of such an
additional audio track.
listing information for TV 1 and TV 2 (from able.co.nz)
you ever wondered which programmes are being audio described on
channels 1, 2 (or an hour later on channel 1 + 1 or channel 2 +
1)? Able.co.nz provides information on the shows that are audio
described giving information such as the title, channel it
appears on, and the duration of the programme.
can also sign up to receive this information via email. To sign
up to receive this audio description information please click on
the following link http://mail.pitch.net.nz/h/r/EEC4300E5FEC192D
You will need to enter your name and email address and click on
you have signed up, you will receive regular weekly updates via
importance of a well described commercial
For those who are not vision impaired, try
listening to a TV show or commercial and see if you can tell what
it is about without having to look at it. Before TV became
popular, most people listened to the radio. Well described radio
broadcasts meant that listeners knew what the broadcast was about
(for example a good ad would say the name of the product or
service, its price and where to purchase it from or how to contact
them etcetera). This made the ad accessible to a majority of
listeners. Imagine the Pizza Hut ad being broadcast on TV, with
less audio information and more visual information (such as if the
Pizza Hut ad - instead of singing "0800 838383 Pick up Pizza Hut"
- had the phone number written on the screen, and the "Pizza Hut"
logo shown on the screen instead of being able to be heard).
Simply by putting the jingle back in, the ad is made effective for
both radio and TV (thus catering to a much wider customer base).
Live theatres around
For up to date information on
live theatre events currently available around New Zealand,
please contact the following: St.James Theatre and Opera House
in Wellington; or the ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre,
Auckland. These performances can be booked through THE
EDGE groups line (09) 357 3354 or email: email@example.com You
can also visit the-edge website for further details. http://www.the-edge.co.nz/signal.aspx
Also, the Circa box office Wellington can be contacted
on (04) 801 7992; visit in person at 1 Taranaki Street
Wellington, or contact them via email firstname.lastname@example.org
description programmes on a digital TV with
NZ On Air currently provide around 20 hours of
funding a week to bring you a variety of audio described
programmes. On television currently - TV ONE, TV 2, TV ONE plus 1
and TV 2 plus one have this feature. Please visit the
following link for a current list of programmes with audio
Hopefully there are even more audio described programmes in the
To access audio description, your TV will need to be a digital TV
with Freeview built in. For older analogue TV's that do not have
Freeview built in to them, you may be able to purchase a separate
digital set top box (or satellite receiver) to plug into your TV.
This way, you are not wasting a perfectly good TV, and a set top
box usually costs a lot less than a new digital TV. You may not
always be able to access this by pressing an audio button on the
remote, and may have to go into the main menus to find it. Using
the remote, press menu ... system settings ... audio languages ...
and change it to Italian. Newer Freeview digital TV receivers may
have an Audio Description selection option instead of Italian.
This may need to be turned from OFF to ON. Please refer back to
the user manual for your product when attempting to enable audio
description on your device for the first time.
When audio description is available, you will hear normal audio
plus the audio descriptions. When there is no audio description
available, you will just hear normal audio. This can also be
recorded. Please note that all Freeview approved televisions, set
top boxes and PVRs can only access audio description at the time
of live broadcast. Check with your supplier to find out which PVRs
can record audio description.
What to look for on a DVD (digital video disc)
DVDs with audio description
Many new films are now being released on DVD and
Blu-ray with an audio description track included on the disk.
These disks can be purchased or rented through many retail
Checking if AD is available
To check whether a film comes with audio
description, you will need to check the information box on the
back of the disk's cover. It will be listed as an optional audio
or language track as either:
Audio Described English
Audio Description 2.0
Audio Descriptive Track
English audio description 5.1
AD logo (which has the capital letters AD
followed immediately by three sound waves to the right)
English 5.1 Audio Description
AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE: 2.0 Dolby Surround
AD))) English Audio Description (Feature
Only) Yes (Descriptive narration)
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: DESCRIPTIVE AUDIO TRACK
FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED
AD (in a speech bubble)
Audio Descriptive 2.0 Dolby Stereo (AD)
ENGLISH DESCRIPTIVE AUDIO (Descriptive
narration) 5.1 AD)))
Take care with the AD))) logo
Please note, in most cases where a disk has
the AD))) logo and/or writing relating to audio description (for
example English Audio Description or Descriptive narration
etcetera), there should be audio description available on the
DVD or Blu Ray disk. Be careful now however, as some of the
re-released DVDs or Blu Rays will have the audio description
logo, but not necessarily broadcast in AD if the word NO is
written off to the right of it. Originally you would see only
the AD))) logo, or only the wording audio descriptive services
or audio description, so you knew it would work. Now, take extra
care when purchasing a disk as you may not be able to return it
to the shop!
Playing multizoned DVD and Blu
Please also note that some DVD's are from
other regions (meaning from other parts of the world). If you
have a region locked DVD player, you may not be able to play
disks outside of your zone (for example NZ falls into region 4,
so if trying to play a zone 2 DVD on a region locked DVD player
you may need purchase a multizone DVD or Blu Ray player, or use
a programme called VLC media player on a computer instead.
Turning AD on
What to look for on a DVD
player or Blu ray player
AD sound tracks have to be turned on using an
on-screen menu. DVD players may have an audio button on the remote
control that will allow you to cycle through the different sound
tracks available on the DVD, until you reach the audio description
sound track. For DVD player remotes that do not have an audio
button, try the following steps:
Put DVD in DVD player
A menu should appear on the screen
It should default to the main language (eg.
and select "English Audio Descriptive" (which should
appear at the bottom of the list)
Press enter (Audio description will begin
for the first Warning screen at the front of the movie, if
The next screen (the front of the movie)
should appear and it should default to PLAY
Press enter and the movie should now play
with audio description
If not, you may need to forward through any
movie previews to get to the main movie start screen
What to do if your DVD or Blu ray player has an
In most cases, if your DVD or Bluray player has
an audio button, you may be able to cycle through the audio
settings until you hear audio description coming from the
movie. This will not work on previews. This will also depend
on how a disk has been structured as to whether you can do this or
not. You usually have to press play twice - until the main movie
loads, but on occasions where your audio button does not allow you
to directly interact with the audio, you may need to choose it
using the setup menu.
Turning AD on
What to look for on a TV or satellite receiver
is assuming that you have set your receiver for New Zealand
This is currently only available on televisions
receiving Freeview digital in New Zealand. This may be different
in other parts of the world.
It will almost be the same process to find it on your TV. In
New Zealand, you must have a TV with Freeview on it. There must be
a digital signal being sent in your area. You may have to
check in your own area to see if there is coverage in that
area. If there is none, you will not get it.
The next step is, you will have to look on your remote control for
an audio button. This may
also be called a LANG/AUDIO button. Hit this a couple of
times until you see text called Italian come up on the
screen. Once you have changed it to Italian, press OK to
save it. Make sure this is the "Italian" under the audio section. The TV programme should have the
AD logo so you can listen to it (if not present, then the
programme is not AD enabled). The AD logo has the capital letters
AD, followed by three sound waves to the right.
In some cases, there may not be an audio button on the remote, so
you will have to go into the menus on the TV and find the settings
for audio. There, you should be able to change it to
Italian, then save your settings or just exit out of the
menus. Don't get this confused with the OSD language as this
will change it from English to that language (and you do not want
your text menus changed - only your sound track). It is the audio language.
Please remember, these
settings are only for New Zealand broadcasts. Also, if you record
(say Coronation Street) with audio description enabled, the audio
description will play back on your recording when you watch it
again. (For example, If I record from my satellite personal video
recorder onto my usb hard drive, as long as I have audio
description enabled, I will be able to hear it when I watch it
later on. If however I do not enable it, I will not be able to
Three steps you may
wish to check (if AD is not currently enabled on your
Step 1: Checking audio description via the
audio description menu
In the menu settings of the unit that you are looking at, you may
need to check the following. On some Freeview approved products
(such as TV's), there may be a drop down box under the audio
settings called audio description. If it is off, switch it to on.
Step 2: Checking audio description via the
primary and secondary language settings
If there is also another audio menu, and you notice a primary and
secondary audio language option, please set the primary audio
language to Italian.
Step 3:Checking audio description via the
audio button on the remote
You may also have to do it on the remote as well. If there is an
audio button, press it until you see Italian come up on the
screen. You may see English first. Arrow down to Italian and save
your settings. This will need to be done for channel 1, channel 2,
and channel 1 plus 1.
Not all units will keep the AD setting on at all times, and not
all programmes are audio described
Once the settings have been done it will be a matter of waiting
until an audio described programme comes on (to confirm it is set
correctly). The audio description should just come on
automatically when the show that is audio described is being aired
on those channels. Not all units will keep the settings if you
flick the channel. If that occurs, you may have to hit the audio
button on the remote until you hear audio description again on the
programme being aired with it.
Depending on the type of device that you are trying to get audio
description to work on, there may be more than one step to follow.
As models vary, you may have to enable it in one or three places!
Software for your computer that works with Audio
Description (VLC Media Player)
A great little programme that plays DVD's
etcetera and works with screen readers, is VLC Media Player. This great
little programme can be found at http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
The steps below, will tell you how to play an audio described DVD
on your computer or machine.
Make sure you download and setup
the VLC Media Player on your computer first. Put your DVD (with audio description) into the DVD rom. Next, go to
a menu called VLC Media player
and press enter. When it
opens up, it may take a couple of seconds, next press the alt key and this will bring up
the media menu, arrow down to
open disc, and press the enter key.
You may need to tab a couple of times to get to find one called play menu, then press enter, it will say DVD, and press enter. Your DVD should
start. Usually your DVD is the d: drive so this should
work. If it doesn't, you may have to change your settings to
CARE: If you have VLC as your default player, it should start
automatically when you insert the DVD, and you will miss the very
first step above. You simply follow the last two steps as
Next, once it's started, press the alt key again, then using your right arrow go to the right,
and find one called Playback.
Arrow down to one called chapter (or title). This may
DVD to DVD. Press the enter
key (one should come up called resume),
press the enter key
again, and the movie should start. Sometimes, there may be
previews before the movie starts, (unless you jump forward by
chapters to start the movie).
If the movie is playing, to turn on the audio description, the
next step is to press the alt
key again, arrow right to
one called audio, then arrow down to one called audio track. Usually,
the first track is the sound track for the movie, and usually the
second track is your audio description track. When you have
located the audio description track (sometimes the second track,
sometimes not), just press the enter
key and the audio description of the movie should start. Until the
movie is playing, you will not be able to turn on audio
description. You need to locate the beginning of the actual movie
and start playing it, so that you can hear the audio description.
This will not work on the previews before a movie. If you have
turned it on successfully, you will hear an audible decription of
the events within the movie during the quiet parts. The voice used
and amount of detail described will vary from disk to disk.
Some useful shortcut keys
for VLC Media player:
S stop N next P previous SPACEBAR play / pause F full screen B cycle audio track (eg.
toggle between audio tracks - audio description and non audio
The following link will take you to the Media access Australia
audio description database. It provides a list of titles
available with audio description. Most of these can be
purchased in a variety of places within New Zealand. Database
for audio description DVD's.
In some cases it may be another track, but it
will be there. Usually the first track will be called track 1
English, and if the audio description one is underneath, it will
be called track 2 English. This may change from track 2 to
another like track 5 English if there are other audio languages
there before it.
Audio described events
available in New Zealand
description is fairly new to New Zealand for TV programmes and
live theatre, the list of available programmes and events will
Frequently Asked Question's
Q: How will I know if the device I
am buying has audio description capabilities? A:
Ask plenty of questions before you buy it, and you can also
review products online. Ask if the audio can be changed from
English to Italian. Ask also if the remote has an audio
button, or if you need to change it within the product or
How will I know if my
computer will be able to get Freeview? A:
Ask your local computer shop which are the best options for
your computer's setup. They should be able to advise you about
minimum specifications and what else you may need to
purchase to enable Freeview channels. Please also see the
section above called "Getting Freeview digital TV on your
computer". Q: How will I know which DVD's are
available in audio description? A:
A variety of DVD's are available in audio description. There
will be a capital AD followed closely by three right brackets
(possibly on the back of the DVD cover). Please see the
section on "Checking if AD is available" (under "What to look
for on a DVD") at the top of this page for other terms used to
represent an audio described movie/programme.
Q: How will I know which TV
programmes are available in audio description? A:
At present channel 1, channel 2, channel 1+1 and channel 2 +1
in NZ broadcast some of their programmes in audio description
(Eg. Coronation Street and a variety of movies). Coronation
Street displays a capital "AD" followed closely by three right
brackets ))) on the bottom of the screen. If you have internet
access you an also visit the following link to keep up to date
with audio described TV programming within New Zealand on a
weekly basis http://able.co.nz/audio-description/audio-described-programme-listings
Q: Which Freeview receiving appliances
can access audio description?
A: All Freeview-approved televisions, receivers and DTRs
can access audio description at the time of live broadcast. Check
with your supplier to find out which DTRs can record audio
description. The following link gives instructions on how to
enable Audio Description on certain devices http://able.co.nz/audio-description/how-to-access-audio-descriptions
Q: Is there another way I can see what TV shows are
audio described plus see what other shows are on as well on
channel 1 and 2, let alone other channels? A:Yes you can, if you check out http://www.tvone.co.nz then
check out the TV guide you can. On channel 1 and 2 it now tells
you which shows are audio described. A person using a screen
reader will be notified as he arrows down the page which TV shows
are audio described.
Q: Can my Telstra T Box receive audio
description? A: Yes. To enable it,
follow the step by step instructions below:
1. Make sure you are on TV1.
2. Press the yellow button on the remote. You will
find this on the first row, above the numeric key pad. Yellow is
the third button from the left.
3. This will bring up the option 'Audio'. Press the
right arrow on the remote once, to select 'Descriptive'.
4. Press the OK button to save.
This audio will remain active until a channel change or leaving
Q: Can I receive audio description on my
standard definition Sky unit? A: Yes. Sky has recently
introduced audio description on channel 2. Locate the number 1, 2,
and 3 buttons on your SKY remote. Directly above the number 1, is
an up/down rocker button (for volume up and volume down) and
directly above that is a button with a plus on it. Press the plus
button and a menu should appear on screen with the word English.
If you arrow down, this will change the audio from English to
Italian. Press the enter button (which is in the middle of the big
circle) on your remote. Your audio description should now start.
If you press channel up and channel down, it will reset it to
English audio, and you will need to repeat the process
again. If you stay on the same channel, it should remember the
audio description setting for the length of that programme.
Q: Can I receive audio description on my
MYSKY, MYSKY HDi, and
MYSKY+ unit? A: Yes. Using your
remote, locate the AUDIO & LANGUAGE SETTINGS menu. Under
Preferred Language, change it from English to Italian using your
left/right arrow keys. (There is a menu option below this one to
save new settings). You will need sighted assistance to do this. http://able.co.nz/audio-description/how-to-access-audio-descriptions
Q: I have a standard digital sky decoder that if left
on the channel that the audio described programme is on - works
perfectly. If however, I set it for audio description
(during a programme which has audio description in it), then
change the channel during the ads, it looses the audio
description part of the programme and I need to reset it. Why is
this? A: (An actual response we got from SKY dated October 2012).
"Thank you for your email. If you currently have a standard
digital decoder (not MY SKY), you will need to change the language
using the 'plus' button on the SKY remote every time you switch
channels during a programme you are watching that has Audio
Descriptions. Unfortunately, only the MY SKY decoders have the
ability to switch this function on permanently. Please feel free
to contact SKY Television Customer Services on 0800 759 759 for
further information during weekdays 8am-10pm and weekends 8am-9pm.
Alternatively, please respond via return email and we will
endeavour to reply within 24 hours". For more information, please
visit the SKY website link that follows. https://skytv.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1426
Q: Does a programme with audio description need to be
airing at the time I try to enable AD? A: In some cases, yes! Some TV's have a submenu which
allows you to set it and it stays on that setting, but some can
only be enabled while a programme with AD is airing. In some other
cases, although the words audio description appear on the TV's
menu, you may still be unable to set it up. For example, we were
unable to set it up on a Samsung 32" LCD TV despite it being an
available menu option, yet on a satellite receiver we were able to
set it up without the programme airing at the time. (As usual,
this refers to the audio language being changed from English to
Italian and the menu which says audio description being set to
Q: Can my Strong 4300E satellite
receiver receive Audio Description?
A: Yes. On the remote, press the Audio button. It will
default to English. Arrow across to Italian and press OK. It
should now work as long as the AD programme is being broadcast.
Q: Can my Orton 4100C digital satellite
receiver receive audio description? A: Yes it can
Q: Can my Starview S2828 digital
satellite receiver receive audio description? A: Yes it can. Press the
audio button. Arrow to Italian. Press enter or OK it. For more
information, please visit their website at the following link.
Q: Can my Zinwell ZMX 7500 digital satellite receiver receive
audio description? A: Yes it can. Press the
audio button to enable it. A big letter A will appear on the
screen when audio description is on.
Q: Can my Freeview box (Aerial Box
T2100) get audio description on it? A: Yes it can. Press
the settings button (bottom left of your remote). You should find
audio selection. Arrow to find AD. You might see Language ENG,
ENG, HE-AAC HD. Select the HE-AAC HD one, and press OK to save.
This audio description setting will stay on (even if you change
channels) and come back to that channel.
Q: Can my Akai AD188X UHF/terrestrial
receiver receive Audio
Description? A: Yes. Press the Language
button and arrow down to the alternative audio track and press
enter. Again, this must be done while the AD enabled programme is
Q: Can my Strong SRT5410 UHF terrestrial receiver
receive audio description?
A: Yes. Press the options button on your Strong remote. Use
your arrow down button to select Italian. Press the OK button.
Select exit to hide the menus again and you should hear audio
description if the programme is currently being broadcast in AD.
It will still stay on AD (for that channel) if you change channels
and come back to it.
Q: Can my Hills HSMT-200 HD receiver receive audio
description? If so, how do I enable it? A: Yes. On the remote select Menu. Right arrow to
Settings. Arrow down twice to Audio and press Enter. Arrow down to
Supplementary audio. Right arrow to Audio Description. Press Enter
to save and then exit.
Q: Can my Panasonic Viera TH-32AS630Z
LED television receive audio description? A: Yes it can. Press
Option...arrow down to Audio description...press OK... (use your
arrow keys to hear Off or Auto)...select Auto... press OK to
confirm. You are also able to change channels and the audio
description (if being broadcast) will still be there when you come
back to the channel! To set the Audio description language
preference for AD Press Option...arrow down until you hear
Audio selection/AD...press OK...(use your arrow keys to hear the
options)...select eng HE AAC AD and press OK. (You will hear these
options spoken to you once you have enabled the voice guidance
Can my Panasonic Viera
TH-L24XM6Z LED television receive audio description? A: Yes it can. Press
the Menu button...arrow down to Sound...press the right
arrow...arrow down until you reach Audio description (which is the
second last in this list)...right arrow and you can set it to
either off or auto. Set it to auto. Now press ok. You are also
able to change channels and the audio description (if being
broadcast) will still be there when you come back to the channel!
Q: Can my Panasonic
Viera TH-L32U30Z television receive audio description? A: Yes it can.
Q: Can my Panasonic Viera TH-P42X30Z
television receive audio description? A: Yes it can. To enable
audio description on freeview on the Panasonic, press
power...menu...arrow down to sound...(press) ok...arrow down to
audio description...(press) ok...arrow to auto...press EXIT.
Q: Can my Veon 19 inch TV + DVD player
VN1980LED/DVD-V2 get audio description on it? A: Yes. To enable it, turn the TV on...then press the
LANG/AUDIO button. A list of sound options will appear. Arrow down
and highlight the English AAC VI option, then press ENTER.
Q: Can my Veon 24 inch VN2480LED-FHD TV
get audio description on it? A: Yes it can. While
an audio described programme is on, press the audio button, then
down arrow, then press the audio button again to make the menu
disappear. It should now do audio description. The
only drawback is that every time you flick to another channel,
then back again, the process has to be done again. It defaults to
the main audio language, and the channel that you flick to may not
be airing in audio description.
Q: Can my Veon 50 inch TV VN50D3LED get audio
description on it? A: Yes. Power on the remote... press the menu button...
right arrow until you come to the sound menu...arrow down to AD
switch and press Enter. Using left and right arrow select AD
switch on. Press Enter. Arrow down to the AD volume and adjust it
by arrowing right or left. Once you are happy with the volume,
press exit and this should stay on the setting.
Q: How can I enable audio description on my Veon 50"
TV? It's model number is VN5019LED. A: Go to menu...sound...(scroll down to the AD
switch)...select on and exit. On the remote, go to
language...audio...arrow up or down the list of sound optins
available and select AAC VI. Press Enter/OK button and the audio
description should now be heard.
Q: Can my TV (model number SRO9101) from The Warehouse
do audio description? I think it is The Warehouse brand but I
can't see a name on it anywhere?
A: Yes. Select Menu...arrow right to Audio...arrow down to
AD switch...set to On...press Ok. Press the Audio button on the
remote...3 options will appear...select English AAC V.I. (if not
already selected)...Select it and press the OK button...Audio
description will now stream when available. Q: Can my Konka 19 inch TV get audio
description?It is model number KDL - 19GS618A A: Yes it can, however it
will not stay on permanently if you change the channel. If you do
stay on the same channel however it will stay on for the duration
of that programme. To enable AD on this model, press the
NICAM button on the remote, arrow up to AAC VI and press the ENTER
Q: Can my Sony Bravia LCD TV (model number KDL-
40BX450) do audio description? A: Yes. You will need to enable it in three places.
Firstly, twice under the TV's main audio settings, and finally
using the audio button on the remote. In the main menu, go
to Options...arrow down to Audio Language...Set the Primary
Preferred language to Italian...Set the secondary preferred
language to English...Left arrow to Primary Preferred Language...
Arrow down twice to audio description...Press Enter...Arrow up to
set it to ON...Press Enter. On the remote, press the AUDIO
button...continue pressing it to cycle through the options
until you locate the option called Italian HE-AAC 2/0... You will
need to press the AUDIO button on the remote while on channels 1,
2 and 1+1 respectively so they can each receive the audio
description track while broadcasting.
players/recorders/Blu Ray players
Q: Can my Sanyo HVR DX700 (DVD recorder)
do audio description while playing a DVD? A: Yes. Put your TV onto
the DVD channel that you use. Insert the DVD, and press the
play button - once the disk is loaded. It will then come to
another screen. Press play again so the movie starts. Press the
audio button until you hear it being audio described. Remember,
you may need to press next to move through previews in the
beginning as the audio description generally only comes up in the
Q: Can my Philips BDP 2700 (Bluray Disk
Player) do audio description while playing a Blu Ray disk or
DVD? A: Yes it can. Once
the DVD has loaded, press the play button. It will go to another
screen. Press play again and the movie should start. This
may be different if there are previews first. Once the movie
has started, press the audio button until you hear the audio
description from the movie. Give it a short while between pressing
of the audio button, as you may be in a spot where there is
silence for a second or two and you could cycle straight past it.
If you have pressed the audio button and gone past it, simply
press it again slowly until you hear the audio description again.
Q: Can my Panasonic DMR-XW390 DVD recorder receive
audio description? A: Yes you can listen to a TV programme with audio
description if available. Press the audio button (third from
bottom left), and keep cycling through the options by pressing the
button until you find one called ita(He-AAC). This will work for
TVNZ channels 1, 2 and 1+1.
out which TV programmes are audio described
Q: Does the Telephone Information
Service or (TIS) tell me when audio described programmes are on? A: Yes it does. (At
present in NZ, channel one, channel two, channel one + one,
channel 2 + one and Duke air audio described content. Hopefully in
time there will be more to follow. Dial 0800 363344 (or the TIS
number for your local area). You will need to have set up a user
number and pin number through the Foundation to be able to access
this extra information. Option 2 should take you to the TV/radio
schedules. You will need to enter in your user number and pin
number, and then you will need to select a number which
corresponds with the day and the channel that you wish to find out
about. Select the corresponding day (for example 2 for Sunday).
Finally, enter in the corresponding channel number (for example
number 21 for channel one) or number 22 (for channel two), to see
what programmes are audio described that week. (Hopefully it
is still option 2 from the other TIS phone numbers. I have only
tested this from the 0800 number). If a particular programme has
been audio described, you will hear the time, the name of the show
and the words "audio description".
Alternatively, as of August 2012, for a listing of
audio described programmes only (without all the other non-AD TV
programmes) you can listen to the Taranaki section of TIS. It is
option 4 (for foundation services), option 5 (for news for
community committees) and option 1 (for the Taranaki region). From
here it is option 4 (for Audio description) and option 2 (for TV
programmes with audio description). In summary, it is
have found models that definitely broadcast in AD,
then please let me know
the make and model number and steps to enable it, so that I
can share it with others. This may be a TV, a satellite
receiver or a UHF receiver etcetera.
If you purchase an item with audio
description capabilities, and plan on having someone come out
to the home to install and set it up for you, get them to
select the audio description setting so it is ready to go when
you want to use it for the first time. Once it is set in the
TV or receiver, then it should work every time (compared to a
DVD movie - which needs the audio description track selected
each time). There are some exceptions on some units where this
has to be changed each time. Be careful of units which do not
stay on the audio description stream. For example, on a Veon
TV, you can select audio description and it will work, however
if you press channel up and then press channel down
again to return to that channel, then you will need to
reselect audio description as it does not remember it. This
may be on a variety of units so just be careful when looking
to buy an AD unit. There are other units out there that will
stay on the audio description stream even if the channel is
changed. Ask before
purchasing a unit if it will stay on the audio description
stream and whether or not you are allowed to exchange
it if it doesn't. Some people may be quite happy to change it
Most of these instructions can be followed
by a blind person (such as myself). On rare occasions, I may
need to borrow a sighted person to assist. The alternative to
DVD players, if you cannot navigate the menus on your own and
you own a computer, is to use the VLC media player. I have used this with a
screen reader and can load DVD's myself without sighted
assistance. Please see the section above titled "Software
for your computer that works with Audio Description" on
the VLC media player and how to get it for your computer.