ABC, SBS audio description: guide

As announced last December, ABC and SBS is adding audio description to selected programming for blind and audiences with impaired vision.

Audio description (AD) is the auditory narration of the non-verbal elements of a program. During gaps in dialogue, it describes visual elements such as scenes, settings, actions and costumes.

This is long overdue in Australia and follows previous trials by public broadcasters.

SBS is currently offering this for select programming now ahead of a larger offering on SBS and SBS VICELAND programming ongoing from 28th June.

ABC’s trial will begin from Sunday 7 June with a full AD service launch on Sunday 28 June, 2020.

Week 1
ABC
7 June 2020 Sunday 8:30pm Operation Buffalo
8 June 2020 Monday 8:00pm Back Roads
9 June 2020 Tuesday 8:30pm Australia’s Ocean Odyssey
12 June 2020 Friday 1:00pm Foreign Correspondent
12 June 2020 Friday 7:30pm Gardening Australia
12 June 2020 Friday 8:30pm Baptiste

Week 2
ABC
14 June 2020 Sunday 8:30pm Operation Buffalo
15 June 2020 Monday 8:00pm Back Roads
16 June 2020 Tuesday 8:30pm Australia’s Ocean Odyssey
17 June 2020 Wednesday 11:05pm Four Corners
18 June 2020 Thursday 8:00pm The Heights
18 June 2020 Thursday 8:30pm Escape from the City
19 June 2020 Friday 1:00pm Foreign Correspondent
19 June 2020 Friday 7:30pm Gardening Australia
19 June 2020 Friday 8:30pm Baptiste
20 June 2020 Saturday 8:30pm Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse

ABC Comedy
18 June 2020 Thursday 9:00pm High Fidelity

ABC KIDS
17 June 2020 Wednesday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz
18 June 2020 Thursday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz
19 June 2020 Friday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz

Week 3
ABC
21 June 2020 Sunday 6:30pm Compass
21 June 2020 Sunday 7:40pm Grand Designs
21 June 2020 Sunday 8:30pm Operation Buffalo
22 June 2020 Monday 8:00pm Back Roads
23 June 2020 Tuesday 8:30pm Australia’s Ocean Odyssey
23 June 2020 Tuesday 9:30pm Road to Now
24 June 2020 Wednesday 8:00pm Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery
24 June 2020 Wednesday 11:05pm Four Corners
25 June 2020 Thursday 8:00pm The Heights
25 June 2020 Thursday 8:30pm Escape from the City
26 June 2020 Friday 1:00pm Foreign Correspondent
26 June 2020 Friday 7:30pm Gardening Australia
26 June 2020 Friday 8:30pm Baptiste
27 June 2020 Saturday 8:30pm Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse

ABC Comedy
25 June 2020 Thursday 9:00pm High Fidelity

ABC KIDS
22 June 2020 Monday 8:00am Bluey
22 June 2020 Monday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz
22 June 2020 Monday 9:00am Play School
23 June 2020 Tuesday 8:00am Bluey
23 June 2020 Tuesday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz
23 June 2020 Tuesday 9:00am Play School
24 June 2020 Wednesday 8:00am Bluey
24 June 2020 Wednesday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz
24 June 2020 Wednesday 9:00am Play School
25 June 2020 Thursday 8:00am Bluey
25 June 2020 Thursday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz
25 June 2020 Thursday 9:00am Play School
26 June 2020 Friday 8:00am Bluey
26 June 2020 Friday 8:10am Little J and Big Cuz
26 June 2020 Friday 9:00am Play School

Setting up your television
Activating audio description on your television varies between TV models and age. Try pressing an ‘AD’ button on your recent TV’s remote control, read tips to switch on audio description or contact your TV manufacturer.

More info:

SBS
ABC

2 Comments:

  1. Just checked the TVs in our house with the movie Pride that’s on SBS now, and they’re audio-description compatible, which is great.

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