The American broadcasting service HBO Max has now released a dedicated audio comment section on the platform. Select topics in the stream will have audio captions, which are different ways of describing what is happening visually on the screen.
According to The Verge, the option is currently available on websites and mobile apps but not on TV apps.
Audio captions are useful for visually impaired or visually impaired people, as they provide an unseen context from only conversation and music. So far, the shows and movies described include ‘Euphoria’, ‘His Black Things’, ‘The Generation’, ‘Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice’, ‘Dunkirk’, and more.
The new section on the streaming base lists all currently featured shows and movies in one place, though not yet featured in TV applications. There will be improvements to the website screen reader and applications compatibility.
Audio descriptions and other changes “will allow our community to share equally with family and friends in the global entertainment of television and movies,” Dan Spoone, president of the American Council of the Blind, said in a statement.
With shows and movies with audio captions available, tracks can be opened within the caption settings at the bottom of the video player.
The new feature follows a settlement between WarnerMedia and blind people and groups of lawyers found last October.
The agreement cost at least 1,500 hours of content described in the streamer by the end of this March, rising at least 6,000 hours by the end of March 2023.