Netflix announces audio descriptions for blind fans of Marvel's Daredevil

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Apr 14, 2015

This is probably one of the most obvious, and genius, things ever conceived. Well played, Marvel and Netflix.

Netflix has announced a plan to offer audio descriptions for certain programs, and the first one on the list is (of course) Marvel’s Daredevil. You know, the one about a blind vigilante who is trying to take back his city. 

The audio descriptions are basically narration tracks that describe "what is happening on-screen, including physical actions, facial expressions, costumes, settings and scene changes." Fans have been asking for them, and Netflix wants to make sure they’re available for lovers of the Man Without Fear who are visually impaired. 

One of the (many) great things about Daredevil is that it gave a true-to-life look at how Matt Murdock lives his life without sight, from learning to read Braille to taking a spacious apartment that wasn’t quite as desirable to those who could see the neon billboard outside the window. They did a great job with the small touches, and this is an excellent way to continue that trend.

But it’s not just Daredevil getting the narration treatment. Netflix pledges to roll the feature out to several original series within the next few weeks, including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Marco Polo. The company also promises to keep working to expand the slate, by teaming up with other studios and content owners in the coming months. 

(Via Netflix, The Verge)

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