Comcast makes The Wiz Live accessible to all

The Wiz live TV event poster with charactersTonight, December 3, 2015, at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST), NBC is airing a live production of the musical The Wiz. Without being able to see the actors dancing around stage, musicals aren’t something I typically get very excited about.

But tonight’s presentation is hardly typical.

Easter Seals corporate sponsor Comcast has teamed up with NBC to make The Wiz Live! a special event we can all enjoy – even those of us who are blind or deaf, or have visual impairments or are hard of hearing.

Comcast and NBC are providing closed captions as well as a pilot of live video description (a narrative audio track that describes the show’s key visual elements) to bring Queen Latifah, Mary J Blige, Ne-yo, Common, David Alan Grier and the rest of the cast to life for everyone.

Promotional material says customers who are deaf or hard of hearing can find help and support videos on closed captioning settings with American Sign Language at xfinity.com, and video description will be available in every local NBC market where SAP (Second Audio Program) audio feeds are available – I cannot wait to hear how they put Ne-Yo’s step-touch and smooth glides into words!

Learn more about video description and closed captions on XFINITY at xfinity.com/accessibility.


 

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