Navigating Webpages and Netflix With Narrator’s Scan Mode

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to navigate around webpages and Netflix with Narrator’s Scan Mode. This episode builds upon our earlier podcast where we describe and demonstrate the basics of Narrator in Windows 10. Once you learn the basics of Scan Mode, navigating around webpages, apps, and other windows will be a breeze. Please refer to the Microsoft’s Scan Mode support page for a complete list of Scan Mode Commands.

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Downloading Netflix Movies and TV Shows to your iOS Device

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In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides and Tutorials podcast, we demonstrate how to download Netflix movies and TV shows to your iPhone and iPad. Netflix consumers have been wishing for this feature for a number of years, especially after Amazon Prime released a similar feature for its video selection at release. Completing this task is very simple for Voice Over users. Here is a list of steps you can use as a reference:

  • After opening up the Netflix app, double tap on the Browse button in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Locate the My Downloads button to view any episode or Movie you downloaded.
  • Locate the Available for Download button to view content you can download.
  • When you find a video you wish to download, double tap on it, and swipe until you find the download button.

Please keep in mind that downloading movies and TV shows will require anywhere from 100MB of space to 3GB of storage. If you have limited space, keep track of what you download, as filling up your storage may result in your device slowing down. To delete videos, do the following:

  • Navigate to the My Downloads menu in Netflix
  • Click on the the Edit button in the upper right corner
  • Find a video you already watched and there is an unlabeled button immediately before the name of the episode or show name.
  • Double tap on this unlabeled button to delete the file.
  • Click done in the upper right corner when complete.

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Enjoying Audio Description Everywhere

Over the last several years, the AFB, ACB, and NFB tirelessly advocated for audio description in movie theaters, network TV shows, and streaming services. The ACB’ Audio Description Project’s website is the foremost authority on the current state of descriptive content, reviewing and summarizing our options for audio description in movies and TV shows. Thanks to these efforts, immersion into movies only requires knowing where and how to access this secondary audio programming (SAP) for the narrative track.

Audio Description in Movies

The larger chain cinemas around the country offers headsets for patrons with visual or hearing impairments. You may obtain a set by asking the staff at the ticket counter for a pair, but you must specify which one. For the blind, you will receive a device that plays a narrative track synced to the movie. For hearing impairments, the device amplifies various parts of the movie, and may offer a neck loop to directly insert into your hearing aid’s box. Its possible to use both devices together.

Audio Description on Network and Cable TV

Accessing SAP with the audio description feature on network TV often requires sighted assistance. This stems from the various methods from over the air to cable/satellite providers we might use. The simplest solution I can offer is to ask for sighted assistance to locate and enable the SAP, Descriptive Audio, or Audio Description setting within your TV, cable/satellite box, and TIVO. Some controllers come with this button, easing this process. For a listing of what shows possess our audio description tracks, visit  ACB’s Audio Description Project’s page.

Streaming Audio Described Content

My favorite method to enjoy audio description involves streaming services. In particular, Serotek’s SAMNet Veterans program, Netflix Audio description, and iTunes Movies each provides a cross platform method to experience audio description. Serotek’s SAMNet Veterans program contains thousands of TV shows and Movies as part of the System Access Mobile Network and iBlink Radio services and apps, accessible through Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, and AppleTV 4th generation devices. Have your VIST or CATS instructor visit this page to sign you up. The most popular streaming media provider, Netflix, embraced the ACB’s Audio Description project and now offers content with audio description from existing TV shows and movies to their own in-house productions. The number of choices offered changes each month, so visit the ACB Audio Description Project’s Netflix page for more information or locate Audio Description at the bottom of the page on Netflix after you log on. Additionally, check out my guide on enabling Audio Description for Netflix on iOS here. Finally, iTunes only recently started to add Audio Description to their movies and TV Shows. As of this post, there is no centralized list, and you have to read through the show’s description and listen for AD or Audio Description after the CC or Closed Captioning labels. I have primarily found this on newer releases, generally from Disney. As a runner up, Blindy.TV is an internet streaming radio playing several channels of audio described channels for free and even available on your Victor Reader Stream and HIMS Blaze.

Audio Description on DVD’s

Why venture out of your house or worry about scripting fees for Netflix when many of the DVD’s and Blue Ray in your private collections or public libraries possess these features. On the backside of these media, you may find SAP, DVC, DVS, or AD to indicate the existence of the narrative track. All you then need to do is enable SAP or describe video in the menu settings of your DVD or Blue Ray player and enjoy.

Final Thoughts

Audio Description removes the barrier experienced by the visually impaired to enjoy movies and TV shows by inserting a narrative track as a Secondary Audio Programming to shows. The ACB’s Audio Description Project started advocacy efforts targeting movie theaters, TV Networks, and streaming media services. Steadily the list of described content grows, forcing us to decide if we wish to watch a Netflix movie, new blockbuster, or a network TV show.

Netflix Audio Description Movies and Voice Over Guide

This guide has been updated to reflect the current method to enable Audio Description on Netflix for iOS.
Netflix over the last year made tremendous strides with including Audio Description for movies and TV shows. For those unaware of described videos or audio description, this is an audio track that is played within a movie where a narrator describes what is happening on the screen. Both total blinded and fully sighted individuals have benefited from this type of programming, especially with so many graphics and items in movies.

This link will take you to the list of movies and TV shows with audio description.

Voice Over Guide

To focus on how to start listening to the audio description track on an iPhone/iPad, here is a basic list of steps. This guide assumes that Voice Over is enabled on your iPhone or iPad and you already subscribe to Netflix’s online streaming service.

  • Open the Netflix app on your iPhone or iPad either by navigating to its location on your device or by asking Siri to open Netflix
  • Find one of the movies or TV shows listed in this link
  • To search, tap on the “unlabeled” button on the top left corner of the screen, Voice over simply says, “button” when you are on it
  • Tap on the Search Button that is near the top right corner of the screen
  • In the search text box, type or dictate the name of the movie or TV show you wish to watch
  • You may have to explore by touch after you select your desired content to ensure that the screen now depicts your desired content
  • Find the play button, usually located in the upper left corner of the screen, though you may have to swipe to find it
  • During movie playback, double tap on the screen to bring up the playback controls
  • Find and select the Audio and Subtitles Options button in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Two headings exist on this page, Audio and Subtitles, so the quickest method is to use heading navigation to flick down to Subtitles and swipe backwards (left) as audio description is the last one on the audio list.
  • Swipe through the list until you hear English, Audio Description, and select that option
  • Find the Close button in the upper right corner, and select it to return to your video

This should start the audio Description track to begin playing on your Netflix movie. Additionally, I have noticed that after doing this a couple of times, Netflix, by default, started playing the English, Audio Description, track by default.