Actiview Announces Access for the Blind and Hard of Hearing to Watch Solo: A Star Wars Story

Americas, Assistive Technology, News, May 29 2018

Berkeley, CA, USA: Actiview, a Bay Area based technology company, is providing support for all Blind/Low Vision and Hard of Hearing attendees of the new film Solo: A Star Wars Story, nationwide. Starting June 1st, 2018, the Actiview app will be enabled with Audio Description and Amplified Audio tracks that people can download on their mobile phone and bring with them to watch the movie. The tracks will be available to anyone, anywhere in the U.S. who wants to experience the movie with the accessibility features.

Millions of people in the U.S. use important accessibility solutions to enjoy movies, including Audio Description and Amplified Audio. Audio Description enables Blind/Low Vision movie lovers to fully experience a film by providing a narrated description of the visual components that accompany the film dialogue.

Noah Carver, a Blind teenager from Maine, explains why Audio Description is so important for him to fully enjoy movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story. “For me to watch a movie, I need a special audio track called Audio Description. It’s like a really in depth audio book of the movie so while everyone else is watching the battles on screen, a narrator is describing every saber swing and leap in amazing detail to me.”

Actiview’s Amplified Audio support provides a louder soundtrack for the film that is helpful for the 10 million+ people in the U.S. who are Hard of Hearing. Hearing loss is an increasing problem and often leads to people missing important audible components of films such as dialogues and conversations.

Actiview brings accessibility back to people who need it. Actiview believes that accessibility technology should be convenient and should fit naturally into everyone’s lifestyle.

Actiview Founder, Alex Koren states, “Everyday we see people miss out on these shared experiences with family and friends. Movies are such a central part of our culture and it’s our mission to ensure everyone is included in watching films through the Actiview app.”

For Solo: A Star Wars Story, Actiview will be providing Audio Description and Amplified Audio for use in cinemas.

Lucasfilm’s new release, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” is an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. Solo: A Star Wars Story releases in U.S. Theaters on May 25th, 2018 with accessibility support being offered through the Actiview app starting June 1st, 2018.

To learn more about Actiview visit www.activiewapp.com
To download the Actiview app on iOS visit www.activiewapp.com/download
To learn more about Audio Description visit www.activiewapp.com/audio-description

About Actiview

Actiview is a technology company focused on making the entertainment experience more accessible, active, engaging, and immersive. Our flagship product, the Actiview app, is an all-in-one solution that makes movies accessible to the Blind/Low Vision, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Foreign Language speaking communities in a way that feels natural and inclusive for everyone. The mobile app offers a range of services including Amplified Audio, Audio Description, Translations, Closed Captioning, and Sign Language for both in-theater and in-home entertainment experiences. Follow us on social @TeamActiview.

Source: Actiview

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