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Descriptive Video Service

What Does Descriptive Video Service Mean?

The Descriptive Video Service (DVS) is a service pioneered in the
1990s that helps provide more video information for blind or visually impaired
viewers. Descriptive Video Service does more to help visually disabled
individuals to understand what is happening on the screen in movies and
television shows by providing narration.


Descriptive Video Service is also known simply as Descriptive Video.

Techopedia Explains Descriptive Video Service

Using professional narrators and script writers, Descriptive Video Service researches what is going on in a video broadcast, in order to generate narratives that can help blind or visually impaired people to understand more about the video in question. Descriptive Video Service narratives can describe things like the clothes that actors and actresses are wearing, as well as gestures and facial expressions. Some narratives also describe things like scene changes, or read text that appears on screen.

In the past, the Descriptive Video Service, which is supplied by the Media Access Group, was restricted to a broadcaster’s local service area. However, modern telecommunication services bring Descriptive Video Service to larger audiences. This type of service is widely available for many American movies and television shows.


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