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I'm looking for information on how to best support a blind relative who will be having a FIOS TV bundle installed in the near future.
The package being offered includes a standard STB, but there is no talking on-screen menu support - and worse, the on-screen format changes regularly. I don't she will be able to control the STB/TV with any reasonable ease aside from on/off and channel selection. (Even on/off can be a pain - since the TV and STB can get out of on/off sync.)
One possibility I was thinking of was to use a DVR option along with online access to so she can find and record programs, but I'm concerned that getting to the recorded material may still simply be too difficult. The other option would be to simply use a standard STB, using online schedule/channel support to identify shows/channels and times, and to simply watch in real time (and, if she has a DVR, to at least be able to pause and contijnue).
Does anybody know if Verizon's online access capabilities and show schedules are compatible with screen-readers for the blind? If she does get a DVR, is there any way for the visually impaired to easily access recorded programs? Why doesn't Verizon provide an online command capability to provide a virtual STB controller? It seems the capability is 1/2 there already (assuming screen-reader accessibility).