(Above: a Silent Network “tranquil films” scene from HDSereneScapes)
With the launch of The Silent Network, deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers now have their own subscription streaming service. All shows are subtitled and presented in American Sign Language, with sound also available for the non-hearing-impaired.
Much of the Silent Network’s content comes from its years as a cable network — 1979 through 1999. The service’s 10 current non-fiction series cover a variety of genres (i.e., travel, exercise, entertainment), but are dominated by shows about pets, particularly dogs: It’s a Dog’s Life, A Partnership with Man, Hear Dog. For feline fans, there’s one series, Hear Kitty, Kitty.
New shows are now in production, said Dr. Steve Baldwin, president of the non-profit Deaf Television Foundation, which operates The Silent Network. Baldwin added that “over 37.5 million people in the US., age 18 and above, have some form of hearing loss according to recent studies, and our network helps fill the void in the world of television.”
In addition to its 10 “classic” series, The Silent Network includes 10 “tranquil films for your peace of mind and soul.” Transporting viewers to such locales as Big Sur and Hawaii, these films come from HDSereneScapes, which we discovered offers its own subscription streaming service containing more tranquil videos for the same price (well, a penny less) as The Silent Network.
The Silent Network costs $5 a month or $55 a year following a seven-day free trial. It’s available online at stv.life, via Android and Android TV, and over Chromecast. To subscribe or for more info, visit stv.life.
The standalone HDSereneScapes costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year following a seven-day free trial. To subscribe, or for more info, including how to stream “to your devices,” visit hdserenescapes.com.
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