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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.

DVI Primetime & Kids schedule - August 2020

Jul 22, 2020
https://www.pbs.org/

On Saturdays and Sundays (1p and 2p, beginning Aug 9) we'll feature African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. This series, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent right up to today when America remains a nation deeply divided by race.

https://www.britannica.com/

Disney+ has received the 2020 Achievement Award in Audio Description from the American Council of the Blind (ACB), a United States-based organization that strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.

https://www.washear.org/gazette_article.htm

July 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), so we decided to do a series of posts about accessibility as it relates to people with vision loss and anything new that we’ve learned about.  Today we’re going to highlight some of the accessibility features for television and local cable provider Spectrum, as well as reflecting briefly on the beginnings of audio description.

DVI Primetime and Kids programming - July 2020

Jun 19, 2020
https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/vote/

DVI PROGRAMMING – JULY 2020

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Vote tells the dramatic culmination story of the hard-fought campaign waged by American women for the right to vote — a transformative cultural and political movement that resulted in the largest expansion of voting rights in U.S. history. (Mon-Tue, 7/6-7/7 @ 9pm)

DVI Primetime & Kids schedule: June 2020

May 20, 2020
https://www.pbs.org/

Primetime DVI Programming: June highlights bring us the return of "Spy In the Wild: A Nature miniseries." Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing if they are as strong and complex as our own. (Wednesdays at 8pm beginning 6/17)

DVI Primetime & Kids schedule: May 2020

Apr 29, 2020
https://www.pbs.org/show/roosevelts/

Join WXXI television on Saturdays at 4:00pm throughout May for the Ken Burns' film, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Plus, WXXI television continues helping children "Learn at Home," (L-A-H) 6am to 6pm

DVI Primetime & Kids schedule: April 2020

Apr 19, 2020
WXXI/LearnAtHomeTV

  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and children being taught at home, WXXI has launched a new Learn-at Home program schedule.  The Learn-at-Home schedule currently airs each Monday through Friday from 8a through 6p. Programs with descriptive video in that time-frame are included in the list in the Children's section below.  

https://www.equalweb.com/

The 21st century Communication and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) is 10 years old.  Tune in to find out how this law is working for people who are blind or visually impaired.


https://www.pbs.org/

NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and children being home from school, the children's television block is subject to change so that we might provide educational content for those families with children at home.

American Masters profiles Hollywood bombshell Hedy Lamar, Saturday, March 28 at 4:00pm.

DVI Primetime & Kids schedule - February 2020

Jan 17, 2020
ny.pbslearningmedia.org

Tune into Independent Lens: Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, a program that offers a different perspective on the pervasive inequities institutions of higher education address. Sunday 2/16, 2pm.

SATURDAY 1
10:00p Country Music “The Sons and Daughters of America (1964-1968)”

MONDAY 3
10:00p Independent Lens "Cooked: Survival by Zip Code”

FRIDAY 7
09:00p Country Music “Will the Circle Be Unbroken? (1968-1972)”

DVI Primetime & Kids schedule - January 2020

Dec 18, 2019
https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/country-music/

WXXI’S PRIMETIME DVI TELEVISION

This month we present Ken Burns film Country Music and a one-hour kids special, The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur.  Complete listings below.

DVI Primetime & Kids schedule - December 2019

Dec 2, 2019
https://www.pbs.org/

WXXI’S PRIMETIME DVI TELEVISION

When winter weather hits, we all know what it feels like to be snowbound.  But what about the animals that stick around all winter.  Snowbound: Animals of Winter, Wed 12/18 at 8pm.

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.

http://www.iptv.org/series/22307

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

metro.co.uk

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  

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