FCC to require more shows be aired with video descriptions to aid the blind

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Video descriptions on programming allow people with limited vision to hear a depiction of on-screen action along with the show’s dialogue, “providing a more fulsome entertainment experience,” the FCC said in a press release Wednesday.

Beginning July, 2018, broadcasters and pay-TV providers — such as Comcast (CCV), DirecTV, Dish (DISH), Verizon (VZ, Tech30) and AT&T (T, Tech30) — must offer 87.5 hours of described programming per calendar quarter, which averages out to roughly one hour per day. That’s a 75% increase over current requirements, the FCC said.

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