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Learn more about Video Descripted programming

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Video description is the insertion of verbal descriptions about the setting and/or action in a program when information about these visual elements is not contained in the audio portion of the program. These descriptions supplement the regular audio track of the program. Video descriptions are a way to let people who are blind or have low vision know what is happening on screen.

Some programs aired by noncommercial or public broadcast stations, as well as a few cable channels and satellite systems, already contain video description. Viewers can access video descriptions through the secondary audio programming (SAP) channel on a stereo TV set or VCR.

In July 2000, the FCC adopted video description rules that will make television more accessible to people with visual disabilities. These rules take affect in April 2002.

A broadcast station, regardless of its market size, will be required to "pass through" any video description it receives from a programming provider, if it has the technical capability necessary to do so. An MVPD will also be required to "pass through" any video description it receives from a broadcast station or programming provider, if it has the technical capability to do so. The "pass-through" must also be on the channel on which the MVPD distributes the program with video description.

Multichannel video programming providers (MVPDs) with 50,000 or more subscribers will also be required to provide video description for the same amount and type of programming on each of any of the top five national nonbroadcast networks they carry, as determined by national prime time audience share.

For more information:
FCC's Video Descripted Programming Explanation Website:
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/video-description.html

As of now here are the programs that will be video descripted.  These programs should have an (AD) underneath their title in a programming guide if the program is available in Video Description:

Saturday, April 20, 2002

CITY GUYS (A)

ALL ABOUT US

JUST DEAL

CITY GUYS (B)

SKATE

NBC MOVIE OF THE WEEK:  A CIVIL ACTION

Saturday, April 27, 2002

CITY GUYS (A)

ALL ABOUT US

JUST DEAL

CITY GUYS (B)

SKATE

NBC MOVIE OF THE WEEK:  THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

These programs are indicated with an (AD) under the program title to indicate that they are video described (audio described).  If there are any program changes, we will revise this.