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Emily’s Oz & Tech for Disabilities

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Everyone has a favorite movie – that includes the 8 million people in America with visual disabilities. What does a person who is blind see when they watch their favorite movie?

When my grandmother lived with us many years ago, she had a hard time seeing the television and hearing it. We had to turn it up loud and she pretty much needed us to help her find a show to watch on television. It was pretty tough for her. I think that she would love to advances in technology that would help her out.


XFINITY on the X1 Entertainment Operating System has accessibility features built right in to bring customers innovations like the industry’s first talking guide, video description, accessible mobile apps and the new voice remote. Everyone should be able to find and enjoy their favorite movies independently – TV is universal, so access should be as well.

XFINITY also offers special equipment to Accessibility customers. The large-button remote is offered free of charge and improves readability for elderly or visually impaired customers. You can find more information on the remote here.

Get more information on the Comcast website.


Emily’s Oz is a new ad from XFINITY focusing on the strides towards making technology accessible to those with disabilities. If you missed the Emily’s Oz commercial, it’s definitely worth a look – you can see it below. The creative minds behind the ad put together a new set for The Wizard of Oz, creating the world of Oz the way a 7 year-old who is blind named Emily sees it in her mind.


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104 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Elizabeth P.

    Pretty neat that special equipment is available to make it easier!

  2. I love how EVERYONE can enjoy the same thing!!

  3. Lisa Coomer Queen

    I like the fact that it has voice remotes.

  4. Elena

    I like that it makes entertaining easy to everyone

  5. What a great commercial. I’ve never really thought about what someone blind would picture as they are listening to movies before. This really opened my eyes to those with disabilities.
    XFINITY is my hero for offering special equipment to Accessibility customers. That’s what I like best about them.

  6. Lisa Brown

    I like the talking guide; excellent technology for the blind and sight impaired.

  7. Julie Wood

    I like the large-button remote that helps the elderly and visually impaired be able to see it. My Dad needs to get one of these remotes, and I like that they are free. I did not know that Xfinity even had this service.

  8. Mary Happymommy

    I like the voice remote feature.

  9. Kelly D

    I like the voice remote feature to make it easier to change the channels.

  10. Colleen Boudreau

    I love the voice remote feature!

  11. Wow, that’s such an amazing ad. The talking guide is going to help out so many people. Very cool of Xfinity.

  12. Janet W.

    I really like the large-button remote option!

  13. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    My parents have Xfinity and are really happy with the service. That talking guide is awesome.

  14. Amanda Sakovitz

    I like the voice activated guide

  15. I totally love the commercial!! Thank you so much for the great post and giveaway 😀

  16. Natalie

    I love the large-button remote option for people who have a hard time seeing the buttons or have large fingers:)

  17. Bonnie @ wemake7

    Wow that is amazing. I love that they are doing this.

  18. Love the commercial, it put a smile on my face. I have just the person who needs to read this!

  19. michele d

    I really think this is a wonderful idea and something that needs to be done so everyone can enjoy watching t.v.

  20. Jessica Beard

    I like the large button remote.

  21. shelly peterson

    I like the large button remote that is available.

  22. LaTanya T

    the voice remote is cool

  23. Thomas Murphy

    I like the large-button remote

  24. steve weber

    The voice remote is pretty awesome.

  25. It’s crazy how far technology is going! So amazing to see/know that people with poor or no vision can experience movies, too.

  26. Sarah Hayes

    the voice command is pretty awesome

  27. I have never heard of this before, what a great technology for disabilities!

  28. This is a really great feature. We have Xfinity and love it. That commercial is awesome.

  29. Maria C

    It’s The large-button remote is offered free of charge and improves readability for elderly or visually impaired customers.

  30. Lovely commercial, the voice remote feature is awesome. Glad everyone can enjoy it together now

  31. Leidy Ruiz

    I like the voice remote


    I think the voice remote feature is great.

  33. shaunie

    I’d like to say that I like the talking guide.

  34. Beth Hill

    I think it is great that you can have a voice remote. I have so much trouble myself, finding the right button on the dang remote, in the dark, to go where I want it to go! I would use it!

  35. Barrie

    I love how the remote has large buttons that are easy to read for those that have visual impairments and for the elderly!

  36. Candice

    I really like the talking guide. I would love to use this!

  37. Rust

    I like the talking guide and the voice remote. Nice!

  38. Elizabeth O.

    Glad technology is being used for the right reason! This would be a big help!

  39. I saw that on Facebook a few weeks ago and it’s such a touching reminder as to how we all experience things differently. The Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favorite movies.

  40. Stephanie Phelps

    I like the voice remote feature.this would be so helpful for my dad who has bad eye sight!

  41. kelly tupick

    I like the new voice remote feature. This is sure to come in handy to a lot of people.

  42. Pam H

    I like that Xfinity considered reaching their audience with disabilities. I especially like the voice remote.

  43. Thao

    What a great service.
    I like that they offer mobile interfaces with screen reader software

  44. Betty B.

    Love the talking guide and voice remote! Very cool!

  45. I know for a fact both my parents would find a lot of use in that larger remote. I love XFINITY for trying to put our services to better help those who need basic help. It really shows they care about all their consumer base.

  46. rosie

    I love the closed captioning!

  47. HS

    The voice guidance is one great and cool feature.

  48. I’ve always wondered how effective technology is for those who are unable to see or hear a movie. How amazing – I hope that it continues to develop too.

  49. Evie B.

    I like the closed captioning features.

  50. Anastasia Falling

    I LOVE anything that give people more accessibility 🙂 Being legally blind myself, and having friends who are totally blind, I love that they will have this kind of access! They can watch movies alone without having someone there to describe the scene 🙂 So cool!

  51. I love the voice remote control feature.. .

    makes it so much easier!!!!

    Thanks : 🙂

  52. Linda F.

    I like the large button remote.

  53. Kristen

    I like that they are helping all people to be independent.

  54. Pamela Gurganus

    What I like best about the Xfinity tech for disabilties is the new voice remote.

  55. Leigh Anne Borders

    As a teacher of those with disabilities, this makes my heart happy happy happy! I love that we are able to communicate and connect with those that suffer form various disabilities!

  56. nicole dziedzic

    What I like most about Xfinity tech for disabilities is the larger sized button remote control.

  57. I like that it has closed captioning

  58. Soha Molina

    I like the large-button remote is offered free of charge and improves readability for elderly or visually impaired customers.

  59. Starla B

    XFINITY always offers such great features. My favorite would definitely be that they offer special equipment to Accessibility customers which is a large-button remote is offered free of charge and improves readability for elderly or visually impaired customers. This is super nice and meaningful because I live with my sweet Nana who is 79. Things like this are very appreciated.

  60. I’ve often wondered about how those who were blind from birth experience or “see” things. It’s great that so much care and consideration has been put into this.

  61. Heather Hayes Panjon

    I Like The Voice Remote Feature.

  62. amy pugmire

    I like the voice control.

  63. I think the voice control would be great for both of my grandparents.

  64. I hate comcast as a whole, always have problems with them. But I have to admit, this is really cool that they’re doing this. This video is so sweet!

  65. Cherie Montorio

    I think the voice remote feature is so cool and a great idea .

  66. Leela

    I like that it helps people.

  67. Yona Williams

    Wow, I just love the commercial for Emily’s Oz. I think the ‘video description’ feature is really cool.

  68. Betsy Barnes

    I love that the large-button remote is offered free of charge and improves readability for elderly or visually impaired customers. This would be great for my mother 🙂

  69. kendall

    How wonderful that this was developed! Perfect for anyone and everyone!

  70. CourtneyLynne

    Omg xfinity sounds great!!!! I know a lot of people who have it and everyone has nothing but great things to say!

  71. I love that the remote has big buttons for people who have trouble seeing!

  72. Dawn Monroe

    I like the audio visualization, big numbers and the voice command.

  73. I like the large-button remote best.

  74. Audra O'Hara

    I like anything that make technology easier for people. This would benefit my mom who is in her eighties. She’s always hitting the wrong button on the remote and changing something; the large button would be useful to her.

  75. Elle P.

    I like the advanced closed captioning features.

  76. What an awesome giveaway! Good Luck to all those who will join.

  77. erica

    advanced closed captioning
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  78. Tina W

    The voice remote sounds like a smart idea.

  79. Susan Christy

    The large-button remote is offered free of charge

  80. What a great video :’) I love the work that Comcast is doing. My grandpa is going through the same thing right now that you mentioned with your grandmother. Thanks for sharing, this really tugged at my heartstrings and made me think 🙂

  81. This would have been great for my mo who was deaf in one ear and had trouble seeing. I am so glad to hear Xfinity is offering this service.

  82. Jenna D

    The voice remote feature is very helpful to those with disabilities.

  83. Nicole Flynn

    I think it is great, it is an awesome start. I have worked with many people with various disabilities. One thing that many of us without disabilities taes for granted is the ease of use of everyday items. The ease of being able to get where we want to go when and how we want. The voice remote is wonderful for not only those with visual disabilities, but for those with maneuverability issues as well. Or for some with certain learning disabilities it can help too. The larger buttons have obvious benefits to many too.

  84. This would be great for my parents as they need larger items when looking at the screen.

  85. I really like the voice remote, what a great feautre – Twitter @JRFrugalMom

  86. Angela Saver

    What I like the most is the vvoice remote!


  87. Michelle C

    The talking guide seems like an awesome feature!

  88. Natalie F

    I like the voice activated remote, that would sure help a lot of people! I’m glad they are working on making this easier for everyone and accessible.

  89. GB

    I like that the remote has larger buttons.

  90. sheila ressel

    I like the voice activated guide feature the best.

  91. the voice activiated remote feature

  92. Priscilla S.

    The new voice remote sounds like a really great feature.

  93. debbie

    I love that it improves readability for elderly or visually impaired customers

  94. Donna Pyszk

    The voice emotes is great!

  95. Debra Guillen

    I like the voice remote feature

  96. Lindsey Khatri

    The large button remote is free! That is great for people like my grandparents who don’t see well anymore due to glaucoma and cataracts!

  97. I like the voice emote feature

  98. Petra

    I like the voice activated remote

  99. I think it’s a great idea. Nobody should be left out of great TV! I like that there are talking guides. Not only would it be great for disabled folks, but for kids who can’t read too!

  100. Katie

    I think it is great that it has a large button – I know that is something my grandpa would find useful. It’s great that they are really taking their customer’s needs into thought!

  101. Michelle Primack

    The talking guide seems like an great feature even if you don’t have a visual impairment.

  102. laurie murley

    I like that it has voice remote, that means a lot to me

  103. I like the fact that people with disabilities can feel more self sufficient the best.

  104. Low tech stuff like ramps works good also for disability mobility.

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