Hi, I am blind and using the TV catchup iPhone app currently.
Would it be possible to add the option of listening to the audio description track that is provided alongside some movies / shows for blind and visually impaired viewers and is available on freeview? There could be a option in the settings menu to turn it off or on and if it were turned on then the video could be disabled or streamed at a lower quality to save on bandwidth.
It's something we're considering - we're wanting to enhance our offerings for people who are hard of hearing or visually impaired. When we do launch subtitles and audio description we'll probably start out on just a few channels before expanding it to our full line up
It would be good to have it for the 5 main channels (bbc 1, 2, ITV, C4 and C5).
Originally Posted by TVC_James
Do you have an approx time frame in mind?
I have tried the AD feature of freeview and I have to be honest I found the experience rather unimpressive.
When listening to the AD audio channel I get voice descriptions but no background audio of the original video.
Maybe it's my freeview box at fault but is that how AD works or should some of the background audio get mixed??
There's something wrong with your settings. The way it works is that the audio description track plays alongside the normal audio track and the audio description is spoken in between the dialog to let you know what is happening on screen i.e. facial expressions or if someone enters a scene.
Originally Posted by redhawk
If audio description were to be implemented as a setting into TV Catchup then it would also be useful to be able to adjust the volume of the AD separately from the main track.
Thanks for clarifying this, I had consider the possibility that my freeview USB recorder didn't support AD.
I can switch between multi-channel audio but obviously the audio needs to be mixed between both streams.
Last edited by redhawk; 08-07-2012 at 02:47 PM.