By Alena Roberts
Many theaters around the country are starting to offer the visually impaired the option of listening to the descriptive audio track while they’re watching a film. Sadly though, this technology is not available everywhere, and sometimes it doesn’t work. The team at Solo-DX wants to make the experience better by having the blind film-goer use a smart phone app to listen to the descriptive audio track instead.
Last week, I had the opportunity to test out the new MovieReading app. The interface is very simple. Once you’re logged in, you visit the Marketplace, download the descriptive audio track for the film you’re going to go see at your theater, and than start the track when your film begins. The app will listen to the audio in the theater and sync the audio track with where the film is so that the user doesn’t have to try and match the two tracks themselves.
to test the app, I downloaded the Princess Bride track and then watched some Youtube clips from the film. In all three cases, the sync option worked perfectly.
The app is now available from the iTunes App Store.
The film “Philomena”, opening on November 22 in select cities, will be the first movie to use the app’s new features.
MovieReading is currently available on iOS, and they hope to have an Android version soon. Pasted below is a press release from Solo-DX about the MovieReading app and “Philomena”.
As exclusive U.S. partners with Universal Multimedia Access, Hollywood Access Services is releasing Solo-Dx on MovieReading, the first ever auto-syncing audio description app available for first-run movies.
The debut title on this exciting new platform will be The Weinstein Company¹s Philomena, in theaters November 22. Using acoustic fingerprinting technology, this new auto-syncing method will completely change moviegoing for the blind and visually impaired via their smartphones.
It’s really easy to use — download the app, download the description track, go to the movie theater, and enjoy! Even if you arrive late, you can simply hit “sync” and your audio description will pick up in the right place.
Right now, if a visually impaired person wants to go the movies, they either have to have someone next to them explain what is happening on the screen, try to enjoy the movie just by listening to it, OR request audio description headsets sometimes offered by theaters. These headsets pick up an infrared signal from the projector that plays audio description through headphones. However, they’re not currently available for every movie or at every theater, and even when they are available, they oftentimes don’t work correctly. These obstacles make going to the movies too much of a hassle for many blind and low vision individuals.
Solo-Dx on the MovieReading app makes moviegoing simple and enjoyable! Hollywood Access Services is thrilled to provide unprecedented access to blind moviegoers across the country with Philomena, the first film to be made available in the U.S. on this new auto-syncing audio description platform.
Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee,” Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son.
Philomena is directed By Stephen Frears and written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and opens in New York and Los Angeles on November 22 before going nationwide on November 27.
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