It’s ironic that we have a giant Netflix show pushing a premiere comics character who is struck with blindness via Marvel’s Daredevil not being able to reach the visually impaired in real life. Thankfully, Netflix is looking to remedy this problem.
“At Netflix, we work hard to continually improve the experience for our members when viewing movies and shows on our service,” said Netflix Director of Content Operations Tracy Wright. “Now we’re expanding our accessibility options by adding audio description on select titles, beginning today with our new critically acclaimed series, Marvel’s Daredevil.”
Wright continued to detail how the company would solve the problem of making their shows more widely accessible to an expanded audience.
“Audio description is a narration track that describes what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes. Customers can choose audio narration just like choosing the soundtrack in a different language.”
The change will continue to other widely acclaimed Netflix shows including the fantabulous Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and other original content including House of Cards.
Very glad they’re doing that. I seem to recall Marvel creating an audio version of the first issue of Waid’s run of Daredevil way back when. I wonder if they kept that up and if other publishers are doing similar projects?
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