Accessibility in movies or television shows bought in the iTunes Store or NetFlix

Accessibility Advocacy
Hi everyone, Firstly, i would like to know if there are movies and television shows with audio description available in the iTunes Store or netlix Also, i would like to know if i can read subtitles with Vo and how to do it with an iPhone or an Apple Tv. Will i be able to do that in the iTunes store or Netlix Thanks



Submitted by Jakob Rosin on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

You're not able to get AD movies from iTunes, neither read subtitles with VO.

Submitted by Esther on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In the U.S. iTunes Store I'm only aware of two movies with descriptive video service. Both are animated films released by Pixar (the studio that Steve Jobs co-founded and served as CEO): • Toy Story 3 • Up Four years ago WGBH (who supply decsriptive videos of some of the PBS television productions) made the video podcasts of their American Experience series on The Presidents available for free download on iTunes for the months preceding the U.S. elections up till Inauguration Day in January 2009. That included a described video program on Franklin Delano Roosevelt. That's about it in my recollection for described video content at the U.S. iTunes Store. Esther

Submitted by Larry Thacker Jr. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Actually I did find a couple of Disney movies that were recently produced with DVS on iTunes, but they had to be purchased through iTunes. I could not find them through the Apple TV. i had to purchase them through the computer. Then I could watche them from the computer via the Apple TV. Apple hasn't provided any mechanism that I know of for identifying titles with DVS or for accessing that feature if it is available. it would have to be provided as a separate download as in the case of these two movies. We watched one of them, Up. I don't remember what the other one was. I've never used netflix to say if there is any better luck to be had finding titles there.

Submitted by Vash Rein on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

if you purchase the serotek system access and mobile network, you will get a massive amount of audio described movies and television shows at no additional cost. The subscription is $15 a month and you can access it on any computer, any ipod, ipad, or iphone with your log in information. It has much much more than just audio described movies. Accessible games are provided, accessible news sources, an email address, accessibility to professional sports casts, accessible books and magazines, radio theatre, etc. Its definitely worth the price and the movies are update every 1-2 weeks. I just watched looper completely described and resident evil: Retribution as examples. They have Oscar winners, independent films, mainstream films. go to Also a screen reader is included that you can use to access pretty much any windows computer where ever you are. Everything is java based so there is actually no need to download or install anything. The app for the ipad, iphone, and ipod is called IBlink Radio and it has podcasts, but has newly introduced a feature called connect to samnet which gives you access to the mobile network if you have an account and allows you to get the described movies. One thing, these are all audio files and do not provide the video. Essentially, you are streaming an audio file with the movies audio track with the dvs, but no image is being shown on screen. This can be annoying for those that have vision or cool for the completely blind or visually impaired that don't need the video aspect of the movies and shows. I personally have some vision, and prefer the audio because I can lay back, close my eyes and listen, using my imagination to visualize everything.

Submitted by Isaac Hebert (not verified) on Friday, February 1, 2013

Yes it is all accessible.

Submitted by Francisco crespo on Friday, February 1, 2013

In reply to by Isaac Hebert (not verified)

Hi, Isaac, Thanks for answering me. I would like to know what do you do to read the captioning and what device do you use Regards,