[tabi] Sony and WGBH Partner on Delivering Descriptive Video Service on DVDs

  • From: "K4NKZ Jim" <k4nkz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 16:48:09 -0400

Great news to share!



Culver City, Calif. (Sept 3, 2009) - Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will 
partner with WGBH Media Access Group to release select film titles on DVD 
with Descriptive Video Service®, or DVS® as an optional feature for 
audiences who are blind or have low vision. Descriptive Video Service 
provides carefully crafted narration of key visual elements inserted into 
natural pauses in dialogue. Key visual elements are those which viewers with 
vision loss would ordinarily miss and include actions, costumes, gestures, 
facial expressions, scene changes and onscreen text. On DVD and Blu-rayT, 
the DVS track is an Audio option, listed alongside alternative languages, 
where the menu selection will read "English Audio Descriptive Service."

The ability to enjoy movies with descriptive narration on DVD and Blu-ray 
DiscT is extremely important to the nation's 12 million movie fans with 
vision loss, and is the single most requested service of the Media Access 
Group. Among the first Sony Pictures Home Entertainment titles to be 
released with the description feature are The Taking of Pelham 123, The Ugly 
Truth, Julie & Julia and District 9.

Sony Pictures has been a leader over the last decade in providing 
descriptive audio for theatrical releases in movie theaters equipped with 
WGBH's Motion Picture Access, or MoPix® systems. Beginning in the fall of 
2009, all Sony Pictures theatrical releases with descriptive audio will also 
include the feature when they arrive on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

About The Media Access Group at WGBH

The Media Access Group at WGBH includes The Caption Center, the world's 
first captioning agency, founded in 1972; Descriptive Video Service (DVS), 
which has made television, film and video more accessible to blind and 
visually impaired audiences since 1990; and the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family 
National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), a research and development 
entity that builds on the success of WGBH's access service departments to 
make existing and emerging technologies more accessible. Members of the 
Media Access Group's collective staff represent the leading resources and 
experts in their fields.

Additional information about the Media Access Group at WGBH can be found at 
www.mediaaccessgroupwgbh.org <http://www.mediaaccessgroupwgbh.org/> .

The Media Access Group maintains a list of DVDs with DVS at this page of its 
site: http://main.wgbh.org/wgbh/pages/mag/resources/accessible-dvds.html

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About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment company. 
SPE is a division of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of 
Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPHE's global operations encompass motion 
picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; 
digital contest creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; 
home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio 
facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and 
technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony 
Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at 
http://www.sonypictures.com <http://www.sonypictures.com/> .

Jason Allen
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
310- 244-3502

Mary Watkins
Media Access Group at WGBH

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