Solution: Descriptive Audio Tells You What is Going On

By: Frank Engelman.  Updated: August 07, 2020.

 

The Problem: Vision Problems: TV Action When Not Talking

Since my Mom’s vision is failing, she has a hard time understanding what is happening in a TV show when the actors are not speaking, In some shows there are long dramatic pauses or just action noises..... More about the Problem


 

Solution: Descriptive Audio Tells You What is Going On

There is a little-known solution to this problem called Descriptive Audio. Descriptive Audio provides professional narration of the scene. It is available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

 

Here is a YouTube video showing Descriptive Audio in action.

Please note that not ALL videos have this feature

 

Descriptive Audio is available on both Netflix and Amazon Prime. The setup is a little different on each of them.

 

Amazon Prime (Using the Amazon remote control)

  • Push Home
  • Scroll across to Settings and push the Select button
  • Scroll down and over to Accessibility and push the Select button
  • Scroll down to Audio Descriptions and push the Select button
  • Turn it on for Prime Video
  • Push the Home button

Disable Autoplay

Special Bonus feature: If you hate the way that videos start playing when you are just browsing through a list, here is a way to disable it.

  • Push Home
  • Scroll across to Settings and push the Select button
  • Scroll down and over to Preferences and push the Select button
  • Scroll down to Featured Content and push the Select button
  • Turn off both Allow Video Autoplay and Allow Audio Autoplay
  • Push Home

 

 

Netflix (Using the remote control you use for Netflix)

This setting is required on a video-by-video basis or a video series

  • Start playing a video and then pause it

audio and subtitles

  • Scroll up to the Audio & Subtitles icon

Audio description command

  • If it's available, enable.

Remember, this will only apply to this show or this TV series

 

Disable Autoplay

Special Bonus feature: If you hate the way that videos start playing when you are just browsing through a list, here is a way to disable it.

You will be required to open Netflix in a web browser

Log in

  • Login and go to your account

Pick profile

  • Pick your profile
  • Scroll down and play payback settings and click Change

Autoplay settings

  • Uncheck the Autoplay settings

Try it out on your next Netflix session.

 

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This is part of a series of "Problems" and DIY Technology "Solutions" to the challenges faced by older adults, by Frank Engelman. 

 


 

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Target customers & users: 
Aging individuals, Family of the aging
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