Modern Samsung TVs are smart and quite advanced devices. They have many programs and tools that make it very easy to interact with your TV. And if you have a Samsung Smart TV, you can even control your device with your voice. But even with or without smart features, Samsung TV can provide you with many tools to interact with it and the signal it receives. For example, not many people know, but the signal of conventional cable TV can often be transmitted with subtitles or even an alternative language voiceover.
This feature is called SAP for short and provides the ability to select a broadcast language. It is present in both Smart TV and conventional TV. However, most people do not use it, and disabling it can be a real challenge if turned on by accident. There is nothing particularly complicated, and you can do it using the accessibility settings of your Samsung TV. Let’s take a closer look at how it works and what you need to do to disable SAP on your Samsung TV.
What is SAP on Samsung TV?
Let’s first understand what SAP is and how it works to understand better whether you need to turn it off. If you are not interested in more information on this topic, you can skip directly to the next section of this article to see a detailed step-by-step tutorial on disabling SAP.
SAP translates as Secondary Audio Programming. This feature will be helpful for people who are in another country and want to watch TV programs with an alternative audio track. It is also worth mentioning that SAP works with regular classic TV but is unavailable on all channels and in all countries.
Although it might initially seem that this is a function of Smart TV, SAP only works with cable TV or when using an antenna to receive the signal. This feature replaces the original audio with a pre-recorded soundtrack; if you enable SAP, you can only hear the alternate audio track. To go back to the original soundtrack, you must disable SAP. Let’s take a closer look at how you can do this on different TVs.
How to turn off SAP on non-smart Samsung TV
Since users of conventional TV mostly use non-Smart TV, let’s first look at how you can connect SAP to such a Samsung TV. As I mentioned above, it is pretty easy to do this through the accessibility settings of your Samsung TV. To do this, you’ll need the following:
- Turn on the TV signal and open the Channel you want.
- After that, on your remote control, press the Menu button.
- Select the Audio option with the OK button in the menu that appears.
- Then scroll through the list until you find SAP here.
- Here you need to toggle the slider to On or Off.
As I said, this function does not work using a third-party device. For example, when using a set-top box, console or screen mirroring. You can enable it, but it will not work. SAP can only work with regular TV and on compatible channels. To enable this feature again, you need to repeat this instruction and, in the last step, switch the slider to another option.
How to turn off SAP on Samsung Smart TV
Let’s also look at how you can turn off SAP on your Samsung Smart TV. The instructions, in this case, will be slightly different from the non-Smart version of the Samsung TV. However, everything is also quite simple and runs from the accessibility settings. To do this, you’ll need the following:
- Turn on your Samsung TV and open the desired Channel.
- Press the Home button.
- After that, use your remote and select Settings from the list of apps.
- Here it would be best if you found the General tab.
- Next, you will need to select Accessibility from the list.
- Click on Video Description and toggle the switch to off.
If you need to re-enable the SAP feature, you can repeat these instructions and toggle the switch to ON in the last step. Note that in newer models, the manufacturers have named the function Video Description instead of SAP. So you do not need to look for SAP in all settings, as you will not find it in the newer models of Samsung Smart TVs.