Audio Description feature

Audio Description (sometimes referred to as “video description”) is an optional audio track that “narrates” important visual details in a show or movie. For example, Audio Description may describe the facial expressions or physical actions of a character in a show during natural pauses in dialogue. This feature makes video programming more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

To enable Audio Description, visit your (Link opens in a new tab)Account Settings page online and click the toggle next to “Use audio descriptions.” This feature is deactivated by default.

Audio Description Toggle - Image of 3 toggle options available in account settings. The audio descriptions toggle is second and is deactivated by default.

When enabled, Audio Description tracks will play on shows or movies that provide this option. Please note, this is different from screen reader technology (which reads out text on the screen so a visually impaired individual can navigate the product). If Audio Description is unavailable, the standard audio track will play.

Philo obtains Audio Descriptions from our programming partners, and only the following channels currently offer this feature. Click the links below to view the official Audio Description schedule for each channel:

When Audio Description is enabled, the following additional rows will appear on the Philo Home page that help you discover what content includes Audio Description: 

  • Live with Audio Descriptions (Live TV that includes Audio Description)

  • Recent with Audio Descriptions (Recent broadcasts you can play that include Audio Description)

  • Saved with Audio Descriptions (Broadcasts you’ve saved that include Audio Description)

    Audio description rows - Image of philo home page with three rows of content: Live with Audio Descriptions, Recent with Audio Descriptions, Saved with Audio Descriptions

    If you detect any issues with Audio Description, please report them at (Link opens in a new tab) or contact us at(Link opens in a new tab) 855-277-4456

We rely on a third-party source for guide data which may mistakenly identify broadcasts as having Audio Description. Please note, we can’t guarantee that 100% of broadcasts in the additional rows (described above) have Audio Description available.