TV For the Blind

I recently wrote a blog on how the blind can read the newspaper using RSS feeds. Now I thought I would share with you the best way that I have found to watch TV when you are blind. Obviously in a dream world, none of us would be blind, and we could watch our favorite shows like normal people. I used to work in the movie business before I went blind, and would watch about a movie per day for work and relaxation. Flash forward 15 years and movies have gone to shit, and being blind watching movies has become a chore and not fun. The reason being is investing two hours for a movie that uses a ton of CGI technology making it impossible for me to follow the story is not an option, and then I need to find someone who has seen the movie and hope they remember what happened. I have found a way to watch TB without having to ask other people what happened at a certain point, as I hate having to rely on other people in that they saw the show and then hear their interpretation. WWith TV improving in its content and the invention of the DVR, TV has come along way in the quality of its programming over the last five years. Of course it would be nice for DBRs, and more specifically TIVO to get with the times, and include Voice Over technology on their devices, but that is a conversation for another blog. What I have found extremely beneficial is to tivo my favorite shows, that way I can watch the show at the speed that is good for me to follow it, rewinding when I miss something. Of course, a lot of tv is visual, so the odds are that you will miss something and be compltely lost. Now this is where my gift to the blind comes. I have found a few sites that are quite helpful in describing TV episoders and a scene by scene breakdown of what happens. You can pull the article up on your computer and pause the episode you are watching when something happens that you do not follow, or just watch the entire episode and then go read one of the recaps. My favorite site for recaps, and make sure you are googling recaps and not reviews as that will get you something entirely different is TVOVERMIND.com. While they do not write recaps for every show out there, they do for a ton of them. Another great site for recaps of TV shows is Entertainment Weekly. What I have also done to make things easier for me than searching for individual episodes of shows is sign up for the free RSS feeds from Entertainment Weekly and from TVOVERMIND’s Twitter RSS feed. That way I get emailed all their new content, and I just save the TV episode recap in my RSS folder until I watch the episode. So there you have it, a very simple for the blind to watch TV. Of course, I have yet to try this method for movies, and I am hoping there are sites out there that describe scene by scene what is going on in a movie. That is something I will look into soon.

Well, the 2010/2011 TV season is quickly coming to an end at least for the networks, as other channels like USA and FX and many others provide us with new programming year round, and I thought I would touch on some of my favorite shows. Currently the Top five shows in my Tivo planner are in danger of being canceled. At least my favorite show is safe and has been renewed through 2014. The Big Bang Theory is by far the funniest show on TV. Sheldon is of course my favorite, and he keeps me laughing, but a brilliant supporting cast that has failed to get the recognition it deserves really makes this show the funniest on TV. Adding the former Blossom as a female Sheldon was brilliant by the shows writers. Moving up the chart to number two on my tivo season pass is Castle. I was so happy to hear earlier today that is has been renewed for next season. You have to love a mystery writer using his connections to work with the NYPD, and the guy who plays Castle who was the weak link on another one of my favorites, Two Guys and A Girl, is fantastic as Richard Castle. No offense to him, but he was good on Two Guys and A Girl, its just the rest of the cast was so funny. And what can I say about Stana Katic, even a blind guy finds her sexy. My third and fourth shows in my seaon pass are both in danger of being axed, that is Human Target and Lie to Me. Both good shows, and I will miss both of them if they get the axe. Who the hell knows what is up with show number 55 Two and A Half Men. I will miss you Charlie Sheen. Not sure where this show is going to go without him, and if you do not know what has been going on with this show, you must be living in the woods in a cabin and I am quite impressed that you found my blog.

While all of the top five shows in my season pass are necessarily my favorite, as channels like USA , FX, and Showtime all air their shows a ton of time, and they are further down in my season pass manager as I can record them anytime. Some of my favorite non network shows are Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me entering its last season, White Collar just finished season two, Burn Notice, Californication, and Entourage ending this summer. Well, it looks like my tivo will have lots of empty space come this summer, can’t wait to see what the networks and cable gives us next.

6 Responses to “TV For the Blind”

  1. Barbara Fischler Says:

    Fairly Legal is my new favorite!!

  2. Robbin Says:

    LOL I find it much easier to follow TV now that I’ve given up cable and am back to the “networks” and public TV. (full disclosure: I did have to go to a friend’s house to catch your Top Gear debut *grin*)

  3. Barbara Fischler Says:

    Great information in this blog…..

  4. Barbara Fischler Says:

    we miss the blog!!!

  5. Lorraine Says:

    We now have Netflix and I am spending days catching up on 30 Rock. I am loving it.
    I share your favorite comedy and also really like Barbars’s pick. I also enjoy House. I never thought one could use “loveable” and “bastard” together to describe someone.

  6. blindgator Says:

    Yes, Seinfeld is the greatest of all time. The 100th episode of 30 Rock which aired a few weeks ago was hilarious. Hopefully we will be able to secure Judah for this year’s Laugh For Sight NYC, as he has been wanting to do it for years, but his 30 Rock schedule hasn’t allowed it

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