Separate versions of Channel 4 for visually impaired viewers closed down after becoming redundant.
Sky and Freesat have today removed the Audio Description (AD) versions of Channel 4 and Channel 4+1 from their channel lists.
Channel 4 and 4+1 AD were available in most of the UK on Sky and Freesat channels 974 and 975. Originally, viewers outside of the London TV region had to switch to these channels for the Audio Description function.
Although Channel 4 doesn’t broadcast regional programmes, it does offer regional advertising. Consequently, only areas served by the London advertising region originally carried an AD soundtrack. This function has been available in all UK regions via satellite for a time now, making channels 974 and 975 redundant.
Depending on the satellite receiver, Audio Description can be turned on or off via the settings menu or on a dedicated remote control button.
What is Audio Description?
The RNIB describes Audio description (AD) as: “additional commentary that explains what’s happening on screen. AD describes body language, expressions and movements, making the programme clear through sound.”
You can find out more about accessing Audio Description on different platforms on the RNIB website.