TellMe TV‘s descriptive video on-demand service is giving the vision-loss community a new option for entertainment experiences.
The world’s first fully described video on-demand service (VOD) officially launched in November 2016, delivering an unprecedented selection of rich audio description entertainment that includes a diverse portfolio of movies, television shows and documentaries, and features audio description (or described video).
“Selective accessibility has always been an issue for the visually-impaired and the community is greatly underserved by TV broadcasters,” says Kevin Shaw, founder and president of TellMe TV. “My own personal experience and frustration with the obvious deficiencies in accessible entertainment options, from DVD to VOD, led me to the development of TellMe TV – a one-stop destination that is 100 per cent accessible from the moment you enter the site.”
Shaw, a media connoisseur and accessibility advocate who lost his vision at the age of 19, says the new venture is an exciting new destination that allows TellMeTV to work with compatible assistive technology.
The service is available on any device that has an internet connection, offers the over 10 million people who experience vision loss in Noth America, and is easy and affordable access to top-notch entertainment experiences.
Armed with a Masters degree in media production focused on accessible recording technology, a deep personal understanding of accessibility and a unique perspective on media consumption, founder Kevin Shaw spent the last four years concentrating on the research and development of accessible and affordable entertainment for the vision-loss community.
He has been advocating for the release of the TellMe TV platform since 2014, even speaking at TEDx Ryerson about designing for an all-inclusive experience for the vision-loss community through audio description.
TellMe TV has been in beta testing for the past 12 months to ensure superior usability and to allow for the ongoing addition of programs to the roster.
Currently, there are over 150 movies and shows available, accessible through a monthly fee-based subscription at tellmetv.com
The new website features an easy-to-understand interface to navigate the assistive technology, while providing users a simple sign-up option via credit card.
TellMe TV offers search, browse and sort functionality for its vision-loss audience, as well as a mobile-ready interface – with dedicated apps for iOS, TVOS, Android and other platforms to be released in 2017.
About TellMe TV
TellMe TV (formerly Zagga Entertainment Ltd.) is solving the problem of inaccessible media for the vision-loss community to create a more inclusive society. TellMe TV is the world’s first fully described video on-demand (VOD) service delivering quality audio description movies, documentaries and television to the vision-loss community via the web, mobile devices, smart TVs and other platforms.
TellMe TV is committed to providing great visual storytelling that offers a richer entertainment experience for the vision-loss community. TellMe TV lets users browse, search, watch and receive recommendations for popular movies and TV shows all in one consolidated, easy-to-navigate destination, compatible with assistive technology on the web, iOS and Android devices.
For more information visit tellmetv.com
About Audio Description
Audio description 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.