accessing audio description on different devices

Netflix iOS
start playing the content
touch screen
bottom center, touch “Audio & Subtitles”
along bottom left, click on English – Audio Description
click the top right X to return to video
(to turn off, touch screen, touch Audio & Subtitles, touch English – Audio Description to uncheck, touch top right X)

Amazon Prime iOS
start playing content
touch screen
touch top right icon in the shape of a text bubble (2nd from the top right corner)
along top right column, touch English [Audio Description]
touch top “Close”
(to turn off, touch screen, touch top right icon of text bubble, touch English [Audio Description] to uncheck, touch close

Live Television (thanks to audio description project)

Go into the menu system of your television set or your cable box and locate the Audio menu.
Under Audio, you will find an option to turn on SAP.
(Sometimes the remote control will have a button labeled Audio or MTS or even SAP, and by pressing this button you can rotate through the two or three audio options generally provided).

But if you must go to a menu and select the audio functions, you may find the option you are looking for listed under Languages. There you may find that your two options are most likely English and Spanish (or Español), depending on how the manufacturer wishes to present this. (The option Spanish or Español is there because Spanish language is sometimes made available via the SAP channel. So the SAP or Secondary Audio Program audio channel can be either Spanish-language or audio description — or nothing.)

Cable Box (again thanks to audio description project)
satellite or cable box, don’t make any changes on your television: the control of the second audio program comes exclusively through the cable box itself. If you happen to be using what’s called a Broadcast Digital Converter Box to translate over-the-air digital signals for your old analog television, then you will need to activate a separate feature on that box to activate the SAP feature; however not all converter boxes that are available have this capability.

Theatrical Movies (again thanks to audio description project)
To access the description, ask for an audio description headset when you purchase your ticket at the box office

Make sure that they didn’t misunderstand you and are giving you an Assisted Listening Device (ALD) headset for people who are hearing-impaired! You don’t want an ALD headset: you want the audio description headset

The Last O.G. cast members Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan

The Last O.G. cast members Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan

Episode Titles 201 – 207, 209 & 210

Ladies First
Git Up Git Out & Git Something
A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays
Sound of Da Police
Keep Their Heads Ringing
Criminal Minded
Your Mom’s In My Business
Fight The Power

Pulp Fiction Audio Description Video link and script below


A young man unlocks an apartment door. Vincent and Jules step inside. A second young man eats at a table. [“HEY KIDS. HOW YOU BOYS DOIN’? HEY, KEEP CHILLIN’.”] Jules motions for a young man on a couch to prop up his foot. He gives the “okay” sign, then turns to the man at the table.



(“…business partner, don’t you?)

The man glances up uneasily. [“NOW LET ME TAKE A WILD GUESS HERE.”] Jules looks at the man on the couch, then points to the one at the table.



(“…Wallace, don’t you, Brett?”)

Brett nods.



(“…’bout that. Whatcha havin’?”)

Vincent steps to the kitchen.



(“…try one of yours?”)

Brett shakes his head. [“THIS IS YOURS HERE, RIGHT?” (FAINT) “YEAH.”] The young man gestures and nods. Watching him, Jules grabs the cheeseburger. He takes a bite.



(“…they call it that?”)

Brett shrugs.



(“…that’s right, the metric system.”)

Jules points at a cup.



(“…down? Go right ahead.”)

Jules grabs the cup. [PAUSE] Keeping his eyes on Brett, he takes a long drink through the straw. [SLURP][SIGH] He puts the cup down. [“THAT HIT THE SPOT.”] Jules steps to the couch.



(“…you a goddamn thing.”)

The man who answered the door wears a stunned look. Jules keeps is eyes on him. [“YOU WERE SAYING?” “IT’S IN THE CUPBOARD.”] Vincent opens a kitchen cabinet. [“NO, THE ONE BY YOUR KNEES.”] He lowers out of view behind the counter. The man on the couch looks anxiously to Jules. Brett glances toward the kitchen. With a cigarette in his mouth, Vincent sets a briefcase on the countertop. He spins the dials of the combination lock to read: “six-six-six.” [PAUSE] Vincent opens the lid, and a golden glow shines on his face.  He takes the cigarette from his mouth as he stares. [“WE HAPPY?” “VINCENT?”]

Head shots of NCIS Season 16 cast members

Head shots of NCIS Season 16 cast members

Episode Titles 355 – 376

Destiny’s Child
Love Thy Neighbor
Third Wheel
Beneath the Surface
A Thousand Words
Friendly Fire
Tailing Angie
What Child is This
Toil and Trouble
The Last Link
Once Upon a Tim
Crossing The Line
Bears and Cubs
Silent Service
Mona Lisa
Hail & Farewell
Judge, Jury …
… And Executioner

Bosch TV show actor Titus Welliver near power lines

Bosch TV show actor Titus Welliver near power lines

Episode Titles 501 – 510

Two Kinds Of Truth
Pill Shills
The Last Scrip
Raise The Dead
Tunnel Vision
The Space Between The Stars
The Wisdom of the Desert
Salvation Mountain
Hold Back The Night
Creep Signed His Kill

Expedition Unkown- Man with Lantern

Episode Title

“Atlantis of the Andes”

Us film poster with scissors in hand

Us film poster with scissors in hand


That Blind Tech Show: The Return of Roy! Audio Describer and Voice Artist Roy Samuelson is in the Studio

mp3 here

player fm here

Lethal Weapon TV season 3 actors Sean William Scott and Damon Wayans

Episode Titles 301 – 315

Need to Know
A Whole Lotto Trouble
Leo Getz Justice
Get the Picture
What the Puck
Bad Santas
There Will Be Bud
The Roger and Me
Coyote Ugly
A Game of Chicken
The Spy Who Loved Me

Criminal Minds season 14 cast headshots

Criminal Minds season 14 cast headshots

Episode Titles 1401 – 1421

Starter Home
Rule 34
The Tall Man
Twenty Seven
Broken Wing
Flesh and Blood
Night Lights
Sick and Evil
Truth or Dare
Under the Skin
1417 “Awakenings”
Spectator Slowing
Date Night

Continuing the #AudioDescription conversation this time with Voice Over Artist and AD Narrator Roy Samuelson. Hear about his start in the business, more about the process of creating Audio Description from his perspective and our shared enthusiasm for the subject.

We’re talking;
* Process – can Blind and Low Vision Narrators participate?
* Normalization vs. Diversity – Is there room for non-white voices?
* Technology & other opportunities for growth in the field and more…

good morning lala land in a sunlike shape

VOBS – Voice Over Body Shop – Roy Samuelson – Episode 146 November 26, 2018

an image of benedict cummerbatch with a picture in picture of a man speaking into a microphone

descriptive narration sample

The Imitation Game Audio Description

(“…Alan! Alan!”)
Alan runs past the security stop. [“ALAN!”] The guards stop Joan, but she breaks free. Hugh, John, and Peter show the guards their identification. [“-PETER BLOODY HILTON!” “ALAN?”] In the research hut, Joan watches Alan dump decrypted messages onto the desk. The others arrive.

(“…Predictable words.” “Exactly.”)
They all search thru the files.

(“…message from this morning.”)
The team hurries across the dark street to the other hut. They adjust settings on Alan’s massive cryptology device.

(“…last 6am message?” “L” “L”)
Alan moves cables.

(“…Q.” “Q.” “Done.”)
He turns three knobs, and the letter wheels on the device start to spin. Hugh and John watch anxiously. [PAUSE] Nervously rubbing his lip, Alan grabs his notes from nearby. The team stares at the churning mechanism. [:02 PAUSE] Alan mumbles to himself as he watches. [(FAINT) “COME ON, CHRISTOPHER.”] [02:00] A row of wheels spins rapidly, while the ones below tick by at a steady pace. [:02 PAUSE] Alan stares with an intense expression. [MACHINE STOPS] The wheels stop. [“OH MY GOD.”] Stepping up to the large device, Alan takes notes of the wheels’ positions. [“WHAT HAPPENED?”] He hurries past the others. [“DID IT WORK?” “ALAN-”] Running to the other hut, Alan turns the gears on the Enigma machine. [“I NEED A NEW MESSAGE. THE LATEST INTERCEPT.”] Peter brings over a piece of paper and gives it to Joan. Alan rearranges the machine’s wires. John grabs a notebook and pencil.

(“…C.” “C.” “T.” “T.” “R-”)
As Alan taps on the keys, different letters above them light up. John writes them down. [“-R.” “R.” “I.” “I.”] John holds up the small notebook, and Hugh reads.

(“…degree West.” (FAINT) “Heil Hitler.”)
With a stunned look, Alan lifts his hands from the machine. Joan covers her mouth. [“TURNS OUT THAT’S THE ONLY GERMAN YOU NEED TO KNOW TO, UH, BREAK ENIGMA.”] He smiles tearfully. John gives a brief grin. Alan chuckles in relief, and Hugh swings the notebook. [“YES!”] Joan hugs Alan, while Hugh hugs John. [:03 LAUGHS] [03:50] Peter grins as he holds his hands to his head. Joan smiles proudly at Alan, who beams at the Enigma machine. Peter throws his arms around Hugh, and John hugs Alan. As Joan embraces Hugh, he briefly lifts her off the ground. [:03 PAUSE] [04:08] Hugh turns to Alan, and their smiles fade. [:03 PAUSE] He gives a solemn nod, and Alan grins faintly. [:02 PAUSE] Smiling, Alan sits back down at the machine as the others celebrate. Peter hugs him from behind. [:02 LAUGHS 04:29] He steps away, and Alan stares at the machine with an emotional expression.

backyard wilderness poster, with an imager of a deer sniffing at the viewer

television confidential


Lethal Weapon TV series actors Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans

Lethal Weapon TV series actors Clayne Crawford and Damon Wayans

Episode Titles 201 – 222

Gringo Loco
Dancing in September
Born to Run
Flight Risk
Let it Ride
Gold Rush
Fools Rush In
Wreck the Halls
Funny Money
Diggin’ Up Dirt
Better Living Through Chemistry
Double Shot of Baileys
An Inconvenient Ruth
The Odd Couple
Frankie Comes To Hollywood
Leo Getz Hitched
Jesse’s Girl
Family Ties
One Day More

Criminal Minds season 13 cast members

Criminal Minds season 13 cast members

Episode Titles 1301 – 1320

Wheels Up
To a Better Place
Blue Angel
Killer App
Lucky Strikes
The Bunker
Dust and Bones
Neon Terror
False Flag
Full-Tilt Boogie
Bad Moon on the Rise
Last Gasp
The Capilanos
The Dance of Love
Ex Parte
All You Can Eat
Mixed Signals


Blue Bloods faces of cast

Blue Bloods faces of cast

Episode 819

“Risk Management”

2 Promos for 9-1-1 on FOX



Universal Pictures feature, 2017