SVOD for the Blind

The visually impaired now have their own subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service — TellMe TV. Content, consisting of more than 150 movies and TV shows at launch, includes audio descriptions compatible with assistive technology. You can access TellMe TV for $6.99 per month on the web. Apps are promised later this year for iOS, Android, Apple TV and other devices.

Movies currently available include Talk Radio (1988), Madame Sousatzka (1988), Gulliver’s Travels (1939) and Nosferatu (1922). TV series include one season each of classics The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. You can browse the library and get more info at tellmetv.com.

TellMe TV is targeting more than 10 million Americans with vision loss.

Audio description, TellMe TV explains, “narrates on-screen action in between lines of dialog so people living with vision loss can fully experience the scenery, facial expressions and other visual elements of a show or film that aren’t communicated by listening just to the soundtrack.”

TellMe TV trailer:

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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