iTunes Australia offering audio described movies

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 10:24am

There has been a quiet, small development in the availability of audio described movies from Apple iTunes in Australia.

Australian flag in the shape of Australia next to the iTunes logo

There are a number of Disney movies, including Cars 2, Brave, Monsters Inc, Up and Finding Nemo that are available as audio described content to rent or buy. To find these, you need to type “blind viewers” into the iTunes search bar and it will lead to accessible titles for blind and visually impaired people.

As this is iTunes content it will only work on an Apple iOS device such as an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.

For more information about accessibility of Video On Demand (VOD), Media Access Australia produced a state of access report earlier this year. This shows that at the time only Netflix and the ABC iview service offered any audio described content.

Update: Accessible media advocate Phillip Chalker has since discussed his input towards bringing AD content to iTunes in Australia with Rikki Chaplin on Blind Citizens Australia's New Horizons radio program (3 October 2015). This interview also covers in-flight entertainment systems and upcoming access developments.

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