If you're struggling to see your favourite television programmes or movies, then Audio Description (AD) may be for you.
AD is commentary that describes body language, expressions and movements, making the programme clear through sound.
To get audio described TV programmes, you will need digital television. You get digital TV via Freeview, satellite or cable. This is either built into your television or it is a set top box connected to your television.
Broadcasters (like the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky) must add AD to 20 per cent of their programmes. AD is also available in Welsh on selected programmes.
Download our factsheets to find out more about audio description for Freeview, satellite and cable television.
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Many cinemas are equipped with a system that delivers audio description (AD) through a headset, which is provided when you collect your ticket. The audio description runs each time the film is shown and is undetectable to anyone not wearing a headset.
BBC iPlayer, the web based TV catch up service, offers audio description. Select programmes from the list of the audio described programmes available.
Audio description is available on selected programmes on 4oD, the video on demand service from Channel 4. Users looking for audio described content will be directed to a new section called "audio described shows" from the 4oD homepage. Initially, only selected programmes will be available with AD but the amount of content will grow over time. Any viewer enquiries or feedback should be directed to the usual Channel 4 viewers contact site or they can be contacted on 0845 076 0191.
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