Amazon Video now offers descriptive audio tracks for visually impaired customers

Amazon now offers alternative audio tracks for select movies and TV shows on Amazon Video that include detailed narration of the video being viewed. The alternate audio contains the full regular audio plus descriptions of the actions, characters, scene changes, on-screen text, and other visual content. Currently, there are a little over 100 movies and TV shows that include descriptive audio tracks. Descriptive audio can be accessed on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, through the subtitle menu while playing content, as well as various other players.

Here is a sample of what the audio description track is like:

The additional audio track is meant to be used by visually impaired customers to provide a fuller viewing experience than just the regular audio can provide. It almost turns every movie and TV show that it’s provided on into an audiobook where everything is described in detail. While it can be a bit overwhelming when the narrator tries to describe a complex scene within a short gap of silence in the video, it’s actually quite enjoyable to have on in the background while working on something that keeps you from giving the video all of your attention.

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