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BBC Audio Description on satellite! [updated]

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Crippled Monkey | 00:00 UK time, Thursday, 2 September 2004

Sssshhh, don't tell everyone, but the BBC has soft launched Audio Description (AD) on digital satellite. It's due for a proper rollout this autumn - and will soon be joined by ITV and Channel 4, also new to this platform. AD is currently only available on the London and England feeds, but you can receive these wherever you are, so flick around and take a look.

Five, Sky One, Sky One Mix, Sky Sports and Sky Movies have been broadcasting AD on some of their programmes for a little while now. Watch this space for more news.

Meantime, if you're a visually impaired Londoner and you have a digital satellite receiver, you can watch these programmes from the BBC right now, with glorious extra narration to help you suss what's going on during the long silent pauses.

If you don't know how to access Audio Description on your satellite receiver, follow these simple instructions:

Press the 'Services' button on your remote control and then select option number 4, 'System Setup'. Next, hit option number 3, 'Languages & Subtitles'. When there, set 'Favourite Language / Audio' to read 'Narrative', and you'll receive Audio Description free of charge on your box on all channels that have that service.

AD is also available on certain Freeview boxes, look at the RNIB's website for further details.

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