Apple does it again
You may have read my past rants about using the "new and wonderful" Television with the even more wonderful and totally inaccessible cable systems. Essentially people who are blind really have no way to use all of those wonderful menu systems. Well, that is really no longer true.
My daughter and her family gave my husband Apple TV for Christmas. They did this because we have no cable in our Maine cottage. I need to add that this was by choice. I really was protesting the unusable cable system. I am also not a big fan of TV. However, my husband really misses television and we did go so far as to get one of those monitors that can be a television. We ran it off of the computer and it was kind of a TV solution for him.
Anyway, we were in Maine for the week after Christmas and one evening we decided to set up the Apple TV. (This is a very small device about the size of a couple decks of cards.) It connects to the TV by an HDMI cable that needs to be purchased separately. There is a cute remote with 7 buttons.
What do you know; the first thing that happened was that the Apple voice said, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE VOICE OVER, PRESS THE LOWER RIGHT BUTTON THREE TIMES.
Now I will admit that the installation process was a little unfriendly and I was glad my husband operated the controls; everything talks. I can now use Netflix, YouTube and tons of other things. I could live the rest of my life in Netflix, if I could only get hold of the remote.
We did purchase a second system for our TV at home. The device is $100. Although that's not peanuts, it is a price that most people would spend to have accessible TV.
Apple has done it again. I also think I can run this from my iPhone or iPad. So the next step is to set that up and use it along with a Perkins Products Braille display. I will keep you posted on my progress.