National Geographic : 1993 Sep
Millions of Americans watch us with their ears. As expected, anuary 20, 1993 was filled with maximum media fanfare. Only this inauguration was different Because 6.5 million blind and visually impaired people had the chance to experience it live, on TV. An event brought to life exclusively through Public Television's Descriptive Video Service. A new TV format that provides added narration during pauses in dialogue. Illuminating scene changes, actions and gestures. ("Mr. Clinton is now placing his hand on the Bible.") Currently available to 61% of all house holds, DVS will soon roll out across the country. The latest in a series of innovations pioneered by Public Television on behalf of the underserved. Innovations we started back in 1972, by introducing closed-captioning for the deaf and hearing-impaired. Innovations we continue today-by offering second languages on select shows, so foreign-speaking viewers can enjoy our programs. Because no one in society should be left in PUBLIC TELEVISION the dark. Keep us in mind.