Audio description

Audio description is an additional commentary that describes the action taking place in a film or television programme. The spoken narration compliments the original soundtrack, making it possible for blind and partially sighted people to enjoy programmes on Sky TV.

Sky provides audio description for 20% of its programmes, with the exception of Sky Sports and Sky News which already have high levels of spoken content. Sky channels are regulated under the 2003 Communications act, and follow the Ofcom Code on Television Access Services.

Follow the steps below to set up audio description permanently on Sky+HD boxes. (Except Thomson Sky+HD boxes)

  1. Press the Help button on your Sky remote control.
  2. Audio Description is highlighted for you, and then use the left/right arrow keys to turn the setting On.
  3. Press the Select button on your Sky remote control to confirm your choice.

You can also use these 3 steps to set up audio description temporarily until you change channel on Thomson Sky+HD boxes,  Sky HD Multiroom boxes,  and Sky+ and .Digiboxes  You can still set up audio description permanently on these boxes using the instructions below.

To set up and highlight Audio Description permanently on Sky+ HD boxes (including Thomson Sky+HD boxes), and Sky HD Multiroom boxes:

  1. 1.        Press the Services button on your Sky remote control.
  1. Select Options from the top menu.
  2. Select Subtitles from the middle menu.
  3. Highlight Audio Description, then use the left/right arrow keys to turn the setting On.
  4. Highlight Highlighted Programmes, then use the left/right arrow keys to change the setting to Audio Description.
  5. Highlight Beep on Audio Description, then use the left/right arrow keys to turn the setting On.
  6. Press the Green button on your Sky remote control to confirm your choices.

To set up and highlight Audio Description permanently on Sky+ and Digibox:

  1. Press the Services button on your Sky remote control
  2. Press number 4, for System Setup.
  1. Press number 3, for Language and Subtitles.
  2. Highlight Narrative, and then use the left/right arrow keys to turn the setting On.
  3. Highlight Highlighted Programmes, and then use the left/right arrow keys to change the setting to Audio Description.
  4. Highlight Beep if Narrative Present, then use the left/right arrow keys to turn the setting On.
  5. Highlight Save New Settings, and then press the Select button on your Sky remote control to confirm your choices.

You can search for programmes with audio description in the What's on TV section of this website. It's a full TV listing for the next seven days, and Sky+ and Sky+HD customers can also use the remote record feature.