Zagga Entertainment’s video-on-demand (VOD) service functions like Netflix for the visually impaired, and is the first of its kind to provide access to popular movies and TV shows with described video for a monthly subscription. Described video narrates on-screen action in between lines of dialogue and is to the blind what closed-captioning is to the deaf and hard of hearing. All controls on the website and in the mobile app are easily accessible using a screen reader and other assistive technology.
Over 10 million North Americans live with vision loss that cannot be corrected. This number is expected to double over the next 20 years. Those with vision loss have no way to reliably enjoy popular movies and TV shows on demand. Services offering VOD often neglect this market segment and provide no described video content or accessible controls. Consumers with vision loss in the United States and Australia have petitioned major providers for more described video content without success.
Zagga Entertainment allows users to stream described content on their computers or mobile devices, enabling access to a variety of popular entertainment for this under-served segment of the population.
Director of Sales and Acquisitions
Jacky Tuinstra-Harrison has management experience in the not-for-profit sector, securing grant funding for government and community relations initiatives. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Carleton University and is currently completing a certificate in Not-For-Profit and Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson University.
President and Founder
Despite losing his vision at 19, Zagga Entertainment founder Kevin Shaw has worked in radio, music production, live entertainment and communications in entrepreneurial and leadership roles. In 2010, Kevin completed his master of arts in Media Production at Ryerson University, where he examined the accessibility of professional recording software by the blind.