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15th Apr 2015

Netflix set to roll out a service for visually impaired people, starting with Daredevil

Audio descriptions are coming...

Tony Cuddihy

Netflix is to make its content available for blind and visually impaired people.

The popular streaming service will start with Daredevil, which centres around a blind central character, by introducing audio descriptions that reveal “what is happening on screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes.”

Users can choose it as they would subtitles, and the new service began rolling out in the United States and Canada earlier this week.

Daredevil is just the start, with Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, Marco Polo and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt all set to be added soon.

“Netflix is actively committed to increasing the number of audio-visual translations for movies and shows in our English-language catalogues,” read the announcement on Netflix’s blog.

“Over time, we expect audio description to be available for major Netflix original series, as well as select other shows and movies. We are working with studios and other content owners to increase the amount of audio description across a range of devices including smart TVs, tablets and smartphones.”