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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 programs: May 2021

May 5, 2021


Philly D.A., the eight-part epic, continues in May with an inside look at the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia's unapologetic District Attorney. Tuesdays at 9pm.  We'll also welcome a NEW children’s series “Donkey Hodie,” weekdays at 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m., and on Sundays at 10 a.m.


Filmmaker Ken Burns' 10-part series follows the growth and development of jazz music — the quintessential American art form. We'll enjoy three more episodes on Saturdays at 4pm beginning April 10th.

DVI Primetime & Kids programming - March 2021

Feb 22, 2021

Television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. In 1946, Isaac Woodard, a Black army sergeant on his way home to South Carolina after serving in WWII, was pulled from a bus for arguing with the driver. The local chief of police savagely beat him, leaving him unconscious and permanently blind. The shocking incident made national headlines and, when the police chief was acquitted by an all-white jury, the blatant injustice would change the course of American history. The Blinding of Isaac Woodard premieres Tuesday, March 30th at 9:00pm.

On NOVA: Beyond the Elements David Pogue sets out on a worldwide quest to find the key molecules and chemical reactions that have paved the way for human civilization, life, and even the universe as we know it. Wednesdays at 9pm.

According to the World Health Organization, there is an estimated 2 billion visually impaired people in the world with varying degrees of vision loss. Of that, more than 40 million are blind.  People who are blind need and want accessible communications options, just like anyone else.  Enter BlindShell.

Audio described programming - January 2021

Dec 23, 2020

There'a a new Masterpiece Mystery coming on Sundays at 8pm in January - Miss Scarlet and the Duke.  Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) stars in a six-part mystery as the headstrong, first-ever female detective in Victorian London, who won’t let any naysayers stop her from keeping her father’s business running. Stuart Martin (Jamestown) plays her childhood friend, professional colleague, and potential love interest, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington, a.k.a., The Duke.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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