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Audio Described Television Programming on WXXI-TV

As a further service to Rochester's visually impaired community, WXXI television offers a large number of its programs with descriptive video (DVi or D)))).

The programs listed below include descriptive video for the month.  Programs with descriptive video provide concise descriptions of sets, scenery, costumes, action and other important visual elements between the dialogue of the program.

Digital television standards provide for two types of main audio, and six types of associated audio services, one of which is for people with vision disabilities.  In order to access D))) programs in the digital world, you will need to have either a digital television with additional associated audio services or a converter box with enough associated audio services.  As long as you are equipped with one of these two options, any program that contains D)))/audio description, the description will be heard along with all of the regular program audio. For more information on how to access D))) programs, call WXXI at 325-7500.

In July 2019 WXXI Television had to change frequencies.  If you are having trouble receiving WXXI televisions programming over air, using an antenna, you may need to rescan to access the new frequencies.  (This is NOT necessary if you subscribe to cable.) Here's a short video to help you rescan your over the air television.

https://www.thebroadcastbridge.com/home/category/playout-and-transmission/entry/9989/fcc-audio-descriptions-what-you-need-to-know

At the 2019 ACB Conference and Convention in Rochester, NY, Will Schell of the Disability Rights office of the FCC provided an update on accessible electronic devices, as they apply to the areas of oversight by the FCC.  Many know that the FCC oversees and regulates the radio and television industry, as well as cable, cellular and telephone industries.  Consumer accessibility issues within these industries were reported on, as well as updates to the Secondary Audio programming rules and regulations as they apply to audio description and emergency alert systems.


DVI Primetime & Kids schedule - November 2019

Oct 18, 2019
https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/group/mammals/brown-bear-mammals/

WXXI PRIMETIME TELEVISION

The brown bear is a large bear that lives across much of northern Eurasia and North America. Adult brown bears can weigh between 220 and 1,400 lbs. Learn more about brown bears, the Kodiak bear (the largest subspecies) and polar bears on Nature, Wednesday, 11/20 at 8:00pm.

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On Tuesday, October 22nd host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. brings us another edition of "Family Reunions."

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As we anticipate the release of the Downton Abbey movie, WXXI-TV encores season 6 of the PBS Series Downton Abbey, in a marathon on Sunday, Aug 25 beginning at 7pm.

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In this video Donna Danielewski, Senior Director of the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family National Center for Accessible Media at WGBH (NCAM), shares NCAM's mission and accomplishments. They are working on behalf of all people with disabilities to make all digital media accessible.

DVI Primetime and Kids programming - July 2019

Jun 26, 2019
PBS

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, PBS stations across the country and all of WXXI's services are celebrating with special programming inspired by the heavens.  Enjoy Chasing the Moon on American Experience.

DVI Primetime and Kids programming - June 2019

May 21, 2019
PBS

PRIMETIME DVI TELEVISION PROGRAMMING

American Experience tackles the Stonewall Uprising this month. When police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City on June 28, 1969, the street erupted into violent protests that lasted for the next six days. The Stonewall riots, as they came to be known, marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around the world.

This program will explore the field of audio description, a way of making the elements of visual media much more enjoyable for people who are blind or visually impaired.

DVI Primetime and Kids Programming - May 2019

Apr 18, 2019
PBS

Nature presents “Equus: Story of the Horse: Origins” on May 15th

SUNDAY 5
10:00p Unforgotten Season 3 on Masterpiece "Episode Five"  
11:00p Wallander Season 4 on Masterpiece  

MONDAY 6
10:30p Independent Lens "Out of State"  

TUESDAY 7
9:00p Amelia Earhart: American Experience  

WEDNESDAY 8
8:00p Nature “Moose: Life of a Twig Eater”  

FRIDAY 10
9:00p Live from Lincoln Center “Cynthia Erivo in Concert”  
10:00p Live from Lincoln Center "Andrew Rannells in Concert"  

WTTW

Rick Steves visits Scotland's Islands and Glasgow this month.  Travel along with him on Saturday the 6th and 13th at 3:30pm.

MONDAY 1
10:00p Independent Lens "Tre Maison Dasan"  

TUESDAY 2
9:00p The Central Park Five  

SATURDAY 6
3:30p Rick Steves' Europe "Scotland's Islands"  

SUNDAY 7
10:00p Unforgotten Season 3 on Masterpiece "Episode One"  

MONDAY 8
10:00p Independent Lens "The Providers"

WEDNESDAY 10
8:00p Nature "The Egg: Life's Perfect Invention"  

bestofficeview.co

In the March episode of ACB Reports, FCC Attorney Will Shell reports on accessibility issues that the Disability Rights Office is working on.  Specifically, he'll talk about developments in the Audio Description marketplace.  (See this month's audio described television listings for WXXI-TV)

DVI Primetime & Kids Programming - March 2019

Feb 21, 2019
https://shop.pbs.org/nature-charlie-and-the-curious-otters-dvd/product/NAT63503

Spend some time with our curious furry friends the Otters on Wed 3/20, on Nature, 8pm

FRIDAY 1
9:00p Holly Near: American Masters  

SATURDAY 2
3:30p Rick Steves' Europe "The Best of Sicily"  

WEDNESDAY 20
8:00p Nature "Charlie and the Curious Otters"  
10:00p Secrets of the Dead "Mumbai Massacre"  

WEDNESDAY 27
8:00p Nature "The Cheetah Children"  

SATURDAY 30
3:30p Rick Steves' Europe "Scotland's Highlands"  

PBS

Don't miss Arthur & George on Masterpiece, Sunday, February 17th beginning at 1pm 

MONDAY 4

10:00p Independent Lens "Black Memorabilia"  

TUESDAY 5

9:00p Sealab: American Experience  

FRIDAY 8

9:00p Live from Lincoln Center "Pipeline"  

SATURDAY 9

3:30p Rick Steves' Europe "Greek Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes"  

MONDAY 11

PBS

This month, travel with Rick Steves to Lisbon, Portugal and learn tips for cruising.  Saturdays at 3:30p.

WEDNESDAY 2
8:00p Nature "Fox Tales"  
10:00p James Watson: American Masters  

SATURDAY 5
3:30p Rick Steves' Europe "Lisbon"  
4:00p Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience  

SUNDAY 6
11:30p Independent Lens  

MONDAY 7
10:00p Independent Lens "My Country No More"  

THURSDAY 10
9:00p Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science  

SATURDAY 12
3:30p Rick Steves' Europe "Portugal's Heartland"  

PBS

The 8th season of Inspector Lewish on Masterpiece airs on Thursday nights at 9:00pm

SUNDAY 2
Midnight - Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust  

WEDNESDAY 5
8:00p Nature “Naledi: One Little Elephant”  

SATURDAY 8
6:30p Rick Steves' Tasty Europe  

WEDNESDAY 12
8:00p Nature "Nature's Miracle Orphans: Wild Lessons"  

THURSDAY 13
9:00p Inspector Lewis Season 8 on Masterpiece "One for Sorrow"  

MONDAY 17
10:00p Independent Lens "Man on Fire"  

WEDNESDAY 19
8:00p Nature “Monkeys of Shangri-La”  

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericakram/

Recently Erica Kram published this article on her LinkedIn page, titled My Journey Into (and a Brief History of) Audio Description at Netflix. 

IMDb

Tune in on Thanksgiving evening at 8pm for Ric Burns Documentary Pilgrims, that recounts the founding (1620) and early years of the Plymouth Colony in the 17th century. Includes the real story of the "First Thanksgiving".

SATURDAY 3        4:00p Rick Steves Special "The Story of Fascism in Europe"  
5:00p Independent Lens "Farmer/Veteran"  
MONDAY 5    10:00p Independent Lens "Dawnland"  
WEDNESDAY 7    8:00p Nature  

PBS

WEDNESDAY 3
8:00p Nature "Animal Misfits"  
 

MONDAY 8
9:00p Circus: American Experience (Part 1 of 2. Part 2 on 10/9 at 9p.)  

TUESDAY 9
9:00p Circus: American Experience (Part 2 of 2. Part a on 10/8 at 8p.)  

WEDNESDAY 10
8:00p Nature "Animal Reunions"  

SUNDAY 14
10:00p Itzhak Perlman: American Masters  

TUESDAY 16
9:00p Eugenics Crusade: American Experience  

YouTube

In September PBS presents the Ken Burns' two-part film Mark Twain (9/1 and 9/8 @ 4:00p).  Watch the preview here.

Also this month we present the three-part series: Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, Sundays at 1:00p.

SATURDAY 1
4:00p Mark Twain "Part One"  

SUNDAY 2
1:00p Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies "Magic Bullets"  
9:00p Sherlock Season 4 on Masterpiece "The Final Problem"  

TUESDAY 4
8:00p Mark Twain "Part Two"  

WEDNESDAY 5
8:00p Nature "Nature's Perfect Partners"  

DVI Primetime & Kids Programming - August 2018

Jul 26, 2018
Vimeo

An encore of the documentary Sight: The Story of Vision is presented on Sunday, 8/6 and 9:00 p.m.

SUNDAY 5
1:00p RFK: American Experience "RFK"  
9:00p Sherlock Season 4 on Masterpiece "The Six Thatchers"  
11:35p Unforgotten Season 2 on Masterpiece  

MONDAY 6
9:00p Sight: The Story of Vision  

SUNDAY 12
9:00p Sherlock Season 4 on Masterpiece "The Lying Detective"  

TUESDAY 28
8:00p Mark Twain "Part One" (Part 2 will air 9/4 at 8p)  

WEDNESDAY 29
8:00p Nature "India's Wandering Lions"  

DVI Primetime & Kids Programming: July 2018

Jun 22, 2018
WLRN

The emotional final season of the critically acclaimed bilingual crime thriller reunites Stephen Dillane (“Game of Thrones”) in his International Emmy Award-winning role as Karl Roebuck with Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II) as Elise Wassermann for the last outing of this beloved and unlikely Anglo-French partnership. The British crime drama The Tunnel: Vengeance, returns for a third season with six-parts, premiering Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

SUNDAY 1

DVI Primetime & Kids Programming - June 2018

May 17, 2018
Google Sites

PRIMETIME DVI PROGRAMMING:

The Crash of 1929 is an hour long episode of PBS's American Experience (Tuesday, June 19th at 9pm) that explains the events leading up to the Stock Market Crash of 1929 in meticulous detail. Find out what happens when the market is manipulated by insiders and how a few bad policies can destroy the economies of the wealthiest nations on earth.

DVI Primetime & Kids Programming - May 2018

Apr 27, 2018
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MAY 2018 PRIMETIME DVI PROGRAMMING

Tune in at 8:00 p.m. on May 30th for Nature "Giraffes: Africa's Gentle Giants"

FRIDAY 4
09:00p Live from Lincoln Center "Stephanie J. Block in Concert"  

SUNDAY 6
09:00p Unforgotten Season 2 on Masterpiece "Episode 2"  

MONDAY 7
10:00p Independent Lens "No Man's Land"  

FRIDAY 11
09:00p Live from Lincoln Center "Andrew Rannells in Concert"  

SUNDAY 13
09:06p Unforgotten Season 2 on Masterpiece "Episode 3"  

WEDNESDAY 16
08:00p Nature "Super Hummingbirds"  

DVI Primetime & Kids Programming - April 2018

Apr 27, 2018
justwatch.com

APRIL 2018 PRIMETIME DVI PROGRAMMING

Tune in Sundays at 9:00 p.m. for Unforgotten Season 1 on Masterpiece.

MONDAY 2
10:00p Independent Lens “When God Sleeps”  

TUESDAY 3
09:00p Black America Since MLK: and Still I Rise "Out of the Shadows/Move On Up"  

WEDNESDAY 4
08:00p Nature  
09:00p Black America Since MLK: and Still I Rise "Keep Your Head Up/Touch the Sky"  

SUNDAY 8
09:00p Unforgotten Season 1 on Masterpiece "Episode 1"  

MONDAY 9
10:00p Independent Lens "The Art of the Shine"  

WGTE

JANUARY 2018 - PRIMETIME

Please see below for the new 2018 Kid's Line-up

TUESDAY 2
9:00p Influenza 1918: American Experience  D)))

WEDNESDAY 3
8:00p Nature “Snow Monkeys” D)))

SUNDAY 7
12:30p Castle Builders "Masters & Masons: Meet the Castle Builders" D)))
1:18p Castle Builders "Siege & Storm" D)))
2:06p Castle Builders "Dreams & Decorations" D)))

MONDAY 8
9:00p Sight: The Story of Vision  D)))
10:00p Independent Lens "Unrest" D)))

Amplify

This month includes a Sesame Street Thanksgiving Special, 11/22-24

WEDNESDAY 1
08:00p Nature "H is for Hawk: A New Chapter" D)))

TUESDAY 7
09:00p Vietnam War "The Veneer of Civilization" D)))

WEDNESDAY 8
08:00p Nature "The Cheetah Children" D)))

SATURDAY 11
11:00a Vietnam War "Deja Vu" D)))
12:30p Vietnam War  D)))
02:00p Vietnam War "The River Styx" D)))
04:00p Vietnam War "Resolve" D)))
06:00p Vietnam War "This is What We Do" D)))
07:30p Vietnam War "Things Fall Apart" D)))

Global Accessibility News

This month's ACB Reports discusses an update from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on audio description, and reports on two resolutions passed by the ACB relating to that update.  Here are those resolutions:

Don't miss this repeat broadcast of Ken Burns' series The Vietnam War.

SEPTEMBER 2017
DVI PROGRAMMING (Children’s DVI programming is listed below):

SUNDAY 3
09:00p Endeavour Season 4 on Masterpiece “Lazaretto”  

TUESDAY 5
08:00p Walt Disney: American Experience (Part 2 of 2)  

SUNDAY 10
09:00p Endeavour Season 4 on Masterpiece “Harvest”  

FRIDAY 15
09:00p Ballet Hispanico   

SUNDAY 17
08:00p Vietnam War “Deja Vu”  
09:30p Vietnam War “Deja Vu”  

August 2017 Primetime and Kids DVI programming

Aug 22, 2017
Executive Program Services

AUGUST 2017

TUESDAY 1
08:00p Boys of '36: American Experience   
10:00p Frontline "The Vaccine War"  

WEDNESDAY 16
08:00p Castle Builders "Masters & Masons: Meet the Castle Builders"  
08:50p Castle Builders "Siege & Storm"  
09:40p Castle Builders "Dreams & Decorations"  
10:30p Secrets of the Dead "Resurrecting Richard III"  

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