Update On Fire TV & English Described Setting

I’ve been reading various forum posts and trying various options as this worked without any problem on our Fire TV Stick.
I’ve switched HDMI cables, tried a different HDMI port on the television and that didn’t make a difference.
I restarted the Fire TV and then there was an update available. Installed the update but that didn’t seem to make a difference either.

Until now I was focused on Bosch as that was the show I was watching on the Stick and on my phone.
I looked at the list of other described programming available on Amazon. I looked more for the shows or movies that are free with Prime as I wasn’t ready to spend any money yet, trying to get this working.
After having Alexa find the title I was looking at online, I noticed none of these had Ultra HD next to them on the Fire TV as Bosch did.
I played these movies, no problem at all selecting English Described in the menu during playback. I tried about four and all worked fine as they are supposed to. Just for kicks I decided to give Bosch another try.
I had Alexa find Bosch and this time the Ultra HD was missing on the Fire TV.
I played an episode and now the English Described was there in the menus as it was supposed to be and as it was in the other movies and shows I just had success with.
I’ve gone back into the regular menus and then back to watching Bosch and the Ultra HD was still gone and I can still access the setting for English Described during playback.
This seems to be some sort of a bug I encountered in Fire TV. I’m not sure what got me out of the bug, restarting & updating, restarting a few more times or maybe watching the other content that wasn’t marked as Ultra HD.
One thing I know for sure, the person my Wife spoke with at Amazon Disability Support was 100% wrong that we need a 4K television to get the English Described audio setting with the Fire TV.

Also unless you know that your tv / AV receiver etc.. setup supports Dolby Digital Plus, its best to turn that off in the Display & Audio settings of the Fire Tv.

Feeling Ripped Off By Amazon – Accessibility Not Price

My Wife and I have been enjoying audio described programming from Amazon on our Fire TV Stick with Alexa Remote.
We got tired of the WiFi interference with other 2.4 GHz devices, such as wireless headphones.
We do have both a 2.4GHz WiFi network and a 5.8GHz WiFi network. The Fire TV Stick will only work with 2.4GHz.
We decided to upgrade to the Fire TV which will work with a 5.8GHz WiFi connection and also has an Ethernet connection.
We received the Fire TV today and all was going well with the install. Connected it to a wired Ethernet connection, no problems enabling voice view.
I decided to play Bosch as I have currently been watching that show and enjoying the description. I didn’t have any problems selecting the description on the Fire TV Stick or the Amazon Prime Video app on my Android phone.
I started the playback of Bosch, got into the menu to change the audio language and there was only one choice, no description option available.
I went back through the menus again and noticed It didn’t just speak Bosch as it had on our Fire TV Stick, it said Bosch Ultra HD.
There doesn’t seem to be any way to change it to HD as it seemed to be on the Fire TV Stick. My Wife called the Amazon Disability Support number
She got transferred to someone who could help her. The person she spoke with said about 12% of their calls are because of this very issue. Amazon doesn’t have any solution for this other than to buy a 4K television.
The person said he would share the complaint along with the others to those higher up at Amazon but there was nothing else they could do to help us.
I did hear in the menus under one option that mentioned Ultra HD that a 15 MB connection was required for Ultra HD. I thought maybe I’d try disconnecting the Ethernet cable and try going over WiFi. I tried both our 5.8GHz network and the 2.4GHz network without anything being different.
I also paired my Magic Box 2 Bluetooth speaker with the Fire TV and disconnected the HDMI cable to the television, that made no difference either.
The person my Wife spoke with told her that a television that can display 4K content is required for the Fire TV to play described content.

This just didn’t make sense to me as the Fire TV Stick did it just fine on our Vizio television and that was with a 2.4GHz WiFi connection.
So why can’t the more expensive Fire TV device that can handle faster connections, either 5.8GHz or Ethernet have the English Described audio option available?
Its not a matter of internet speed, like I said, the Fire TV Stick used a 2.4GHz wireless connection and we have Fiber Internet from AT&T on their 1,000 MB data plan.
Its got to be something in the software or design of the Fire TV. We purchased the Fire TV hoping a wired connection would remove the 2.4GHz interference we were having with headphones and are now at a loss as what to do.
If anyone has a solution would you please contact me on Twitter @blindbites or email steve@blindbites.com

I’m feeling ripped off, confused, and not sure what the words are to be able to experience audio described programming from Amazon as part of our Prime Membership and described movies we have rented to now feel slapped in the face for upgrading to a device for better performance.

Accessible Android Apps June 2017

This is a list of accessible Android apps that I am currently using. Some of these I use on my phone, some on my tablet and some on both.
I’ve been working on making my tablet more of a media device for watching Netflix and Amazon tv & movies, especially since Amazon now has described programming.
Note you do need to get Amazon Video from the Amazon underground as of right now, at least in the USA. You can find many resources to help with that via a search on google.
I use some apps by touch, some by external keyboard, and some a combination of both. Its a matter of what works for me to do what I need or want to do, that is why I consider these apps accessible.
I use a Logitech K380 multi device bluetooth keyboard. Amazon has this keyboard in a variety of colors and usually one color keyboard is a lower price than the others, so compare prices.

Acapela TTS Voices




Amazon Alexa

Amazon Kindle


AquaMail Pro Unlocker


chomp SMS

Clipper Sync Plugin


Freemotion change


Google Opinion Rewards

IDEAL Currency Identifier

KNFB Reader



Music Folder Player Full

My App List


Pocket Casts

Prime Video


NFC Labeler

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher Prime






Trusted Contacts

TuneIn Radio Pro



Shared by ‘My App List’

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Enable Description On Fire TV Stick

I learned today that Amazon now has TV & Movies with description. Here is what you need to do to enable description on a Fire TV Stick.
I assume it’d be the same on a Fire TV but since I don’t have one of those, I can’t know for sure.

Start playback of a tv show or movie. I chose Bosch since it is on the list of described programming.

While the show is playing, press the menu key twice, fairly fast. That will give you a menu with options like:

Watch From Beginning
Next Episode
Sub Titles and Audio Languages

Press the select button on Sub Titles and Languages.
Change the setting to
English Audio Description

Press the back button to get back to the menus and resume playback. This setting will be saved for other shows.

Here is information on the programming that has description: http://acb.org/adp/amazonad.html

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Described Programming On Netflix

Netflix has come a long way in its offering of programming that has description for those who are blind.
Below is a current list of described tv shows, movies, & documentaries with description.
If you are watching NetFlix on an IOS device, the setting to enable description is in your device’s accessibility settings.
If you are using an Android device, the setting can be found from within the NetFlix app. If you are watching on the NetFlix web site the setting is on the web page.
They offer various monthly pricing plans based on how many devices you want to be able to use at one time and options if you want standard or a higher quality of video. Subscriptions are month to month and can be changed or cancelled at any time. For a 30 day free trial or to learn more go to:

Described Programming current as of this post.

F is for Family
The Office (U.S.)
Orange Is the New Black
Trailer Park Boys
The Cleveland Show
Fuller House
The Ranch
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Family Guy
Finding Dory
Grace and Frankie
House of Cards
Doctor Strange
Captain America: Civil War
Switched at Birth
Stranger Things
Criminal Minds
The Keepers
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
BoJack Horseman
The Do-Over
Arrested Development
Bill Nye Saves the World
Enemy of the State
Parks and Recreation
The Waterboy
True Memoirs of an International Assassin
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Malcolm in the Middle
Master of None
Masha and the Bear
War Machine
The Ridiculous 6
Hotel Transylvania 2
Raising Hope
The Angry Birds Movie
The Last Kingdom
Dear White People
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Sandy Wexler
Chewing Gum
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Better Call Saul
All Hail King Julien: Exiled
Anne with an E
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Pete’s Dragon
Chicken Little
Lilo & Stitch
The Jungle Book
The Bernie Mac Show
The Magic School Bus
White Chicks
Penny Dreadful
Blank Check
Haters Back Off
Kubo and the Two Strings
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
New Girl
Burn Notice
Marvel’s Daredevil
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Dragons: Race to the Edge
Planet Earth: The Complete Collection
Marvel’s Luke Cage
Making a Murderer
The Emperor’s New Groove
Pacific Heat
Royal Pains
The Get Down
Magic Mike
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The OA
Wet Hot American Summer
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure
The Sixth Sense
Kung Fu Panda 3
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
White Rabbit Project
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh
Sand Castle
One Day at a Time
13 Going on 30
All Hail King Julien
Turner and Hooch
Border Security: America’s Front Line
Spirit: Riding Free
Déjà Vu
The Crown
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Voltron: Legendary Defender
Mulan 2
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Mac & Devin Go to High School
Super Why!
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch
LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape
Burlesque: Heart of the Glitter Tribe
The Killing
Hemlock Grove
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales
Anger Management
Hannah Montana: The Movie
The Adventures of Puss in Boots
The Parent Trap
Daddy Day Care
Queen of Katwe
Sky High
The Finest Hours
The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans
Trailer Park Boys: Xmas Special
BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish
White Collar
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
The Prestige
Being Human (U.S.)
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23
The Office (U.K.)
Judge Dredd
Degrassi: Next Class
Mr. Magoo
Casting JonBenet
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Skylanders Academy
Kong: King of the Apes
Glitter Force
The Following
Inspector Gadget
Call the Midwife
Last Chance U
The Little Prince
Johnny English Reborn
Kronk’s New Groove
Little Baby Bum: Nursery Rhyme Friends
Can’t Buy Me Love
Halo: The Fall of Reach
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
Richie Rich
Mr. 3000
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On
The Fundamentals of Caring
Mickey’s House of Villains
Hot Girls Wanted
Word Party
The Big Short
Marco Polo
King Arthur
Roman Empire: Reign of Blood
Happy Valley
The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show
The Three Musketeers
Dolphin Tale
Burning Sands
Imperial Dreams
VeggieTales in the City
Atlantis: Milo’s Return
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Sarah & Duck
Chef’s Table
Ever After High
Beat Bugs
Win It All
LEGO Friends: The Power of Friendship
Project Mc²
Leap Year
Full Out
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
SMOSH: The Movie
The Ref
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore
Chelsea Does
Peter: The Redemption
One Day
Charlie St. Cloud
Piglet’s Big Movie
Legend Quest
Abstract: The Art of Design
Buddy Thunderstruck
Moonrise Kingdom
Chasing Cameron
Beasts of No Nation
Air Buddies
The Discovery
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast
Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse Three Fugitives
Amanda Knox
Care Bears & Cousins
The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir
Masha’s Spooky Stories
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and Jane
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree
Take the 10
Holding the Man
George of the Jungle 2
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
The Siege of Jadotville
Stitch! The Movie
Frozen Planet
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Inspector Gadget 2
Leroy & Stitch
Dawg Fight
Danger Mouse
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House
Medici: Masters of Florence
Masha’s Tales
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
The Furchester Hotel
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!
W/ Bob & David
Dream House
Audrie & Daisy
Ask the StoryBots
Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
The Windmill
Small Crimes
Get Me Roger Stone
While You Were Sleeping
Hot Bot
Tales by Light
Puffin Rock
The Cuba Libre Story
LEGO Bionicle: The Journey to One
Staten Island Summer
Some Assembly Required
The Mars Generation
The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs
Five Came Back
Human Planet
6 Years
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
Pac’s Scary Halloween
My Father the Hero
Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes
The Most Hated Woman in America
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
Special Correspondents
H2O: Mermaid Adventures
World of Winx
Justin Time GO!
StoryBots Super Songs
Manson Family Vacation
David Brent: Life on the Road
Santa Pac’s Merry Berry Day
The White Helmets
Space Buddies
We’re Lalaloopsy
Snow Buddies
Quiz Show
The Investigator: A British Crime Story
Julie’s Greenroom
Luna Petunia
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
Other People
Internet Famous
Bomb Girls
Ella the Elephant
Lady Dynamite
The Mask You Live In
The Deep
About a Boy
Mariah Carey’s Merriest Christmas
Valley Uprising
Into the Inferno
Hotel Beau Séjour
Chef’s Table: France
Keith Richards: Under the Influence
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Santa Buddies
Lost & Found Music Studios
Netflix Presents: The Characters
The Paradise
Bottersnikes & Gumbles
Blue Jay
The Last Nazis
Monster Math Squad
Coin Heist
Margarita with a Straw
Team Foxcatcher
The Ivory Game
Mack & Moxy
Bob’s Broken Sleigh
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower
My Beautiful Broken Brain
Girlfriend’s Day
Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang
Brahman Naman
Los Punks: We Are All We Have
The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
Print the Legend
Tokyo Trial
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her
Best and Most Beautiful Things
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them
Notes on Blindness
Mother with a Gun
Theo Who Lived
13 Reasons Why
Black Mirror
Santa Clarita Diet
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

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TalkBack Keyboard Shortcuts

The below information is from:


Default keymap
Note: The shortcuts below use the Alt key. You can choose a different modifier key by going to Settings and then Accessibility and then TalkBack and then Settings and then Manage keyboard shortcuts and then Choose modifier key.


•Move to next item: Alt + Right arrow

•Move to previous item: Alt + Left arrow

•Move to item above: Alt + Up arrow

•Move to item below: Alt + Down arrow

•Move to first item: Alt + Control + Left arrow

•Move to last item: Alt + Control + Right arrow

•Click focused element: Alt + Enter

•Long-press focused element (touch and hold): Alt + Shift + Enter

•Read from top: Alt + Control + Enter

•Read from next item: Alt + Control + Shift + Enter

•Navigate to next or previous window: Alt + Control + Down or Up arrow

•Note: In split screen view, this shortcut moves your focus between the two open apps. Otherwise, it moves focus between the navigation bar, main screen, and status bar.

Global actions

•Back: Alt + Control + Backspace

•Home: Alt + Control + h

•Recent apps/Overview: Alt + Control + r

•Notifications: Alt + Control + n

•Search the screen: Alt + Control + / (forward slash)

•Open global context menu: Alt + Space

•Open local context menu: Alt + Shift + Space

•Pause or resume TalkBack: Alt + Control + z

•Open list of actions: Alt + Control + Space

Text navigation

•Move to next word: Alt + Shift + Control + Right arrow

•Move to previous word: Alt + Shift + Control + Left arrow

•Move to next character: Alt + Shift+ Right arrow

•Move to previous character: Alt + Shift+ Left arrow

Chrome web page navigation
Use these shortcuts to move to the next or previous element on a web page.


•Next: Alt + b

•Previous: Alt + Shift + b


•Next: Alt + c

•Previous: Alt + Shift + c

•ARIA landmark

•Next: Alt + d

•Previous: Alt + Shift + d

•Editable field

•Next: Alt + e

•Previous: Alt + Shift + e

•Focusable item

•Next: Alt + f

•Previous: Alt + Shift + f


•Next: Alt + g

•Previous: Alt + Shift + g


•Next: Alt + h

•Previous: Alt + Shift + h

•Heading level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6

•Next: Alt + [1-6]

•Previous: Alt + Shift + [1-6]


•Next: Alt + o

•Previous: Alt + Shift + o

•List item

•Next: Alt + i

•Previous: Alt + Shift + i


•Next: Alt + L

•Previous: Alt + Shift + L


•Next: Alt + t

•Previous: Alt + Shift + t


•Next: Alt + x

•Previous: Alt + Shift + x

•Combo box

•Next: Alt + z

•Previous: Alt + Shift + z

You can find more helpful information at
the Android Accessibility Help Center.


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Switching From Jaws Or Window-Eyes To NVDA

Here are links to a couple of tutorials to help those switching from Window-Eyes to NVDA and one for those switching from Jaws to NVDA.

Switching from Window Eyes to NVDA

Switching From Jaws To NVDA

This next set of tutorials are from an older version of NVDA but the concepts and methods haven’t changed. The author of these tutorials is a great developer of add-ons for NVDA. http://www.josephsl.net/tutorials/

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