Video Programming Accessibility Forum – Online Audio Description

1:00 pm – 3:45 pm EDT
Online only

The FCC’s Media Bureau and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau co-hosted this second accessibility-related Forum focused on issues surrounding audio description.

Consumers currently watch a large volume of video programming online, but the availability of audio description online is inconsistent, even for video programming for which an audio description track already exists. The Video Programming Accessibility Forum – Online Audio Description explored the state of audio description availability for online video programming, including current best practices and technical issues to overcome. The Forum also explored ways to enhance accessibility, such as voluntary actions to promote online audio description.

The Forum included two panels that featured speakers such as television, cable, and online video programming distributors, as well as consumer advocates. Please see the Public Notice for the full agenda.

This was a public event and was streamed live on and the FCC’s YouTube channel. We encouraged the public and interested stakeholders to engage in this discussion by sending questions via email during the event. Commission staff will enter information about the panel, including all relevant public notices, the agenda, and a link to a video recording of the event, into the public record for this proceeding.

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