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Netflix Will Add Audio Description Options for Visually Impaired Users

By Gerald Lynch on at

Daredevil fans, your voices have been heard. Having seen the error of its ways in offering a TV show about a blind superhero while simultaneously lacking an audio description option on its service, Netflix is now making moves to include the feature in its TV streaming platform.

Starting with Daredevil and other select titles, an audio description option will be added to the service's accessibility settings.

"Netflix is actively committed to increasing the number of audio-visual translations for movies and shows in our English-language catalogues. We are also exploring adding audio description into other languages in the future," explains a post on the Netflix 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."

Also getting the audio description treatment are Netflix's other original series, including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo. Expect to see the feature added to these shows in the coming weeks. Netflix also states it is "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."

Well played by Netflix then, acting quickly on a reasonable concern from its users. [Netflix]