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How to turn on subtitles on Apple TV

One cannot but agree that watching TV is not the best way to distract yourself from your routine. Over the decades’ TV has changed and had different formats, but still, it still fulfills its main purpose – almost everyone likes to watch shows.

Apple TV provides its viewers with different options for different consumers. They created Accessibility Features to customize the viewing experience for each viewer. Thus creating maximum comfort. In this article, you will find more information about Accessibility Features and specifically about captioning.

Accessibility Features are very useful because they offer a good movie experience for the deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, and people with other hearing and visual impairments.

Here is a list of all Apple TV App Accessibility Features:

In general, Apple TV shows include:

  • CC or Closed captions : As opposed to the general subtitles, сlosed captioning not only displays spoken content, but includes all other audio information such as sound effects, speaker identification, and non-speech elements
  • SDH support: Subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH) are similar to closed captions except that they may vary in placement and appearance. They also aim to serve as closed captions to media that do not support them, like digital connections that require HDMI cables
  • AD or Audio Description: Audio Descriptions gives you detailed narrative descriptions of visual information in order to help the blind and people who have low vision understand the whats happening on the screen

How to turn on Closed Captions and SDH in the Apple TV App

In general, when you watch movies or shows through the Apple TV App, you will be shown subtitles by default. However, if you would like to enable Closed Captions or SDH so that they are also will be used by default, you need to look at the instructions below:

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Go to Settings > Accessibility
  • Scroll down to Hearing and tap Subtitles & Captioning
  • Enable Closed Captions + SDH

On a Mac:

  • Open System Preferences > Accessibility
  • Scroll down to Captions
  • Enable it by ticking the box beside Prefer closed captions and SDH

On your smart TV, streaming device, or gaming console:

  • Go to the Apple TV app and choose Settings > Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning
  • Enable Closed Captions and SDH

Once you’ve set up your subtitles, closed captions, or SDH, you can now customize everything and watch your favorite movies comfortably. To do this, tap on the speech bubble icon on the lower right of your screen at any time. A popup menu will appear showing Audio & Subtitles options.

What is more, you can even find subtitles in various languages. If you can see CC or SDH is indicated on the right side of the language it means that the accessibility feature is available in that language. You can also turn closed captioning off through here by choosing Off.

How to customize Caption style

There is also a possibility to customize CC and make it more convenient for using the caption style itself. There are several preset caption styles to choose from. However, you also have the option to make your own.

On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Captions
  • Tap Style
  • Choose between Transparent BackgroundLarge TextClassicOutline Text, or Create a New Style
  • When you choose Create a New Style it will allow you to alter the caption’s text and background, including FontColor, and Opacity. Tap Description to add a name to your new style, and select Save

On a Mac:

  • Go to System Preferences > Accessibility
  • Choose Captions
  • Choose from the options under Style for subtitles and captions
  • To create your own, tap the plus icon (+) below the options. You will see options such as Background ColorText SizeFont, etc. Once you’re done, place a name on the space for Style Name, and hit OK

On your smart TV, streaming device, or gaming console:

  • Go to the Apple TV app and select Settings & Accessibility > Subtitles & Captioning
  • Choose a caption style from the available options

Please, keep in mind, that not all videos can provide you closed captions and audio descriptions

In addition to these features, Apple TV also has additional accessibility features, but they are used less often and therefore this article will not provide detailed information about them. Among them are VoiceOver and screen visual enhancements like Increase Contrast, Bold Text, and Reduce Motion.

Thus, these tutorials will help you become more familiar with the customization and customization of various accessibility features. Then you can enjoy your favorite shows in a more comfortable format and adjust the process to your needs.



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