Our offices are closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

How do I enable Audio Description on PBS videos?

Audio Description (AD) or Descriptive Video Service (DVS) is a secondary audio track that describes what's appearing on screen during a video. This option is made available to audiences who are blind or visually impaired. 

Not every video on the PBS and PBS KIDS sites and apps offers AD. For videos that do offer AD, you can enable AD by following the steps below on your respective device. The English (AD) track option will not appear for videos that do not offer the secondary audio track.


For PBS Videos


PBS.org Website

At the bottom of the video player, select the headphones icon and select the English AD track option.


iPhones and iPads

On the video player, select the three dots icon (. . .) and select Languages. Select the English AD track option.


Android Mobile

At this time, AD is not supported on Android mobile for the PBS Video app.


Roku

While the video is playing, press the star / asterisk button on your remote. Scroll down and select Audio track to change it to English AD. Select Close to return to the video.


Apple TV 4

Pause the video and select the Audio Levels icon above the video track on the right-hand side. The Audio Levels icon appears as a series of vertical bars - you may have to "scroll up" or press the up button on your remote to see this icon. After selecting the Audio Levels icon, select English AD from the options underneath Audio Track.


Amazon Fire and Android TV

At this time, AD is not supported on Amazon Fire and Android TV devices for the PBS Video app.


Samsung TV

At this time, AD is not supported on Samsung TV devices for the PBS Video app.


VIZIO SmartCast TV

At this time, AD is not supported on VIZIO SmartCast TV devices for the PBS Video app.



For PBS KIDS Videos


PBSKIDS.org Website

At the bottom of the video player, select the gear icon. Under Audio Selection, select the Audio Description (English) track option.


iPhones and iPads

On the video player, select the gear icon and select the English AD track option.


Android Mobile

On the video player, select the gear icon and select the English AD track option.


Roku

While the video is playing, press the star / asterisk button on your remote. Scroll down and select Audio track to change it to English AD. Select Close to return to the video.


Apple TV 4

Pause the video and select the Audio Levels icon above the video track on the right-hand side. The Audio Levels icon appears as a series of vertical bars - you may have to "scroll up" or press the up button on your remote to see this icon. After selecting the Audio Levels icon, select English AD from the options underneath Audio Track.


Amazon Fire and Android TV

While the video is playing, press up on your remote to select the gear icon at the top right corner of the screen. Select English (AD). Press up on your remote to close the prompt and return to the video.


Samsung TV

At this time, AD is not supported on Samsung TV devices for the PBS KIDS Video app.


VIZIO SmartCast TV

At this time, AD is not supported on VIZIO SmartCast TV devices for the PBS KIDS Video app.