Netflix [Am I flogging a dead horse]
I search the words audio description. You get results that contain audio description. You can also search audio description in English or your language of choice. Just type it in the search field. Works on IOS and apple tv.
It is indeed possible to sort Netflix content by Audio Description on the Apple TV.
The updated Netflix interface is a bit tricky, but certainly workable. Here's how I do it...
1. I find Netflix works best with Direct Touch enabled. If in doubt, check your settings by using the Rotor.
2. After signing in to netflix and selecting your User, you will land on a menu that allows you to find Home, search and even filter by TV or Movie, etc. Flicking up and down will interact with this menu, but for our purposes, let's ignore that and flick right one time.
3. Flicking right lands you on the play Button of whichever program Netflix is promoting. Ignore this, and flick right again and you will land on More Info.
4. From More Info , you can now scroll up and down through all of the predetermined Sub Categories. Subcategories such as Action Movies, Continue Watching, Because you watched etc.
Flicking up or down changes the subcategory. Flicking left or right moves through the available titles within each Subcategory.
Note, these subcategories are in a loop. Continuous flicking either up or down will eventually bring you back to where you started.
5. One flick up from the More Info Button (see step 3) will land you on the subcategory titled "Categories" Note, Because of the looping menu, a whole lot of flicks down will also land you on "Categories". Eventually.
6. Flick right from within Categories and the last choice, something like 24 of 24, will be Audio Description in English.
Note, this menu is also looping, so navigate carefully. Go too far and you will zip right past it and find yourself back at the beginning.
7. Clicking on Audio Description will open all of the Titles available with Audio Description. Note that this list is presented in 4 columns, and needs to be navigated using up, down, left and right swipes. The right most column is a hard edge, meaning further right swipes do not work. The Left most column is a soft edge, meaning that a left swipe from the left most column takes you out of the Titles and back to the Categories heading.
So, there you have it, the complete (if totally confusing) guide to finding Audio Described Content on Netflix using the Apple TV.
Additional thoughts, Direct touch works best for navigation but is touch sensitive. Be mindful how large your gestures are as a small swipe moves by small increments whilst a full blooded flick moves by large increments. Particularly important when navigating the Looping Categories sub category.
Untested thought, SIRI is quite good at finding movies on Netflix with a certain Actor or Genre. When I next have a moment, I might try holding the SIRI Button and asking "Show me Netflix movies with Audio Description" and see what happens.
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Some further thoughts, in no particular order:
Content. I am in Australia, so expect that if you are in NZ, we should have very similar if not exactly the same content. Though you might have more shows about sheep, :) . Or documentaries on what it's really like to win the Bledisloe Cup :(. There are usually between 600 and 800 Audio Described titles available at any time.
System: The above walk thru was written with the assumption you are using an Apple TV 4th Gen or 4k, with an up to date TVOS and current Netflix version.
Remote: My preference is for the SIRI Remote that came with the Apple TV 4K.
The above was written from memory, I just tried it and would make the following amendment :
After selecting "who is watching Netflix" you will be taken to the main screen. The above notes say you will land on "Home", inside a menu and to flick right twice to "More Info". In reality, I found this not to always be the case. Some times it was just as described. Other times Focus would already be on the "Spotlight" section, which contains the "Play" and "More Info" buttons described above. Either way, one flick up from the Spotlight/Play/More Info is the "Categories" sub-category.
The Categories subcategory contains 22 elements, not 24. Audio Description is still the last.
There was a time when I would have preferred a filter such as you describe. I think that years of training by Google, Facebook and now Netflix have conditioned me to accept what their algorithms serve, in the order in which they serve it. All hail our Techno-Overlords...
I am really glad to hear that you have it working!
I wish there were an easier or more precise way to filter programs with AD. If there is, I am yet to learn of them.
My only advice is to keep on contacting @netflix and @NetflixANZ with your queries and concerns. Be they software related or program specific.
Keep posting on your Social Media how good it is when AD works and how disappointing it is when marqee shows, such as Season 2 of Star Trek Discovery, are aired without AD.
Unless we cheer when it works and complain when it doesn't, we can't expect resources to be allocated for AD.
Have a great weekend.
All that access to quality media and last night we watched Stingray - the one with Marina, not the one with the car!
someone might want to confirm this, but it appears the netflix app on windows doesn't have the audio description category.
On iOS, you have to go to movie or tv shows, then all genres, then go right down to audio description, and even that isn't a complete list.
I find that the easiest way to get a listing of described content is to just use the site, then add what I want to watch to my list.
Netflix is also available on Kodi now, whether or not it's legal is anyones guess at the moment, in other words, while you still need a netflix account to use it, it prompts you to use an addon called widevine, which has some sort of DRM.
I still think it has a while to go before it's completely reliable, you can't start watching something on kodi, then continue on another device for example, but it is definitely usable.
I use it because I happen to like the audio quality from Kodi, at least on windows.
I concur with this poster's description of how to interact with Apple TV 4th generation. Although Netflix has changed their interface a bit recently, and I don't like their changes, I still have had no problem interacting with said interface. Hopefully those who are having issues can get them sorted through this thread because Netflix has some great content.
Don't let the username fool you, I'm actually from Australia and netflix redirects you to your local region.
unless you're using a VPN, which Netflix blocks most regions, either that or they're playing a cat and mouse game.
I've seen stuff described in one region, while it's not described in another, and they have the nerve to say it's up to the studios to determin what region gets description and which doesn't.
I try not to watch 3rd party content on netflix anymore because not every episode of a tv show, or not all movies with in a series are described.
I say if you're going to have something described, do it all, or none at all.
I'm sure I can give many examples, but we'd be here all day.