Service helps visually impaired enjoy television


The American Foundation for the Blind is steering the population segment it serves to programming which includes brief descriptions of action, enhancing the television experience for the visually impaired. The Big Four networks are all part of the program, which Comcast helped make possible.

AFB calls the programming “described TV.” The concept is simple – narration in between dialog explains what is happening on screen. What is not simple is finding such programming, but now a trip to the AFB website has simplified that part of the process as well.

It is said to be part of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act; among the participating programmers are ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, USA, the Disney Channel, TNT, Nickelodeon, and TBS.

“Our Described TV Listings will make it easier to find which shows are described, allowing people with vision loss to enjoy their favorite shows alongside their sighted peers,” said Carl Augusto , president and CEO of AFB. “For my part, I’m looking forward to catching up on ‘Law & Order.’ I would like to thank the Rovi Corporation and Comcast for helping us create this valuable tool.”

AFB directs the interested to