Subtitles are a great feature that is provided by TCL TVs for people that have problems with hearing. It makes it easier for them to watch their favorite movies and entertain themselves. When closed captioning is enabled, you’ll see the spoken elements, background noises, and sound effects of a movie or program as text on your TV screen.
This feature gives deaf or hard-of-hearing people a great opportunity to be informed about the programs or be well-entertained. Closed captions also help people to understand the dialogue when it’s not clear or the actors don’t speak loud enough. Closed captions are available only when the service provider (e.g., Netflix, The Roku Channel, or Hulu) includes them with their content. Sometimes, users want to get rid of this feature as it annoys them, fortunately, we know how to do that.
What is the difference between CC and subtitles
Closed captions are created to allow deaf and hard-of-hearing people to experience the video, so they include background sounds and speaker changes. Subtitles assume the viewer hears the audio and as a result do not contain the background sounds or notifications for speaker changes.
If Closed Captioning is being displayed even though the CC option in the TV menu is set to Off, then it is being produced by another device, such as a cable or satellite set-top box. If you want to disable the Closed Captioning on the TV screen, you should do that on the device that is decoding the Closed Captioned signal.
Keep in mind, that some set-top boxes may automatically show Closed Captioning on the TV screen when the set-top box sound is disabled. In this case, you should switch off the Mute function of the set-top box.
Closed captions won’t be displayed until you won’t enable the closed captioning, for example, on Samsung TV. For some service providers, closed captions can be switched on from within the channel. The closed captioning settings available on your Roku streaming device have no effect on the content from these service providers.
How to switch closed captioning on or off
By the way, sometimes, users may see closed captions instead of subtitles, for example, on Sony TVs.
For many channels, closed captions can be disabled from the settings of your Roku device. To do that, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should click on Home on your Roku remote.
- After that, you should find and tap on Settings.
- Then, you should launch the Captions menu. To do that, you should tap on Accessibility. If Accessibility isn’t displayed, you should click on Captions.
- Next, you should click on Captions mode and choose when captions appear. To switch them off, you should choose “OFF“
- Off–captions would never be displayed.
- On always – captions would be always displayed when it’s possible from the service provider. When service providers use their own settings, closed captions would be switched on within their channel.
- On replay – captions would be displayed only after you click on Replay on your Roku remote.
- On mute – captions would be displayed only when the volume is muted
- Note: The “On mute” selection is available not for all Roku devices.
How to disable Closed Captioning via the settings
There’s one more method via the settings of the closed captions. So, if you want to switch off Closed Captioning via its settings, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should ensure the home screen is opened on your TCL Roku TV.
- After that, you should take your Roku remote and click on the Settings button.
- Then, you should be moved to the options configuration. There you should find the “Accessibility“.
- Next, you should click on it via the “OK” button on your remote.
- After that, you should use the arrows to head to the “Captions mode” tab.
- To complete the process, you should click on “OK” on your Roku remote.
After that, you’ll be able to view the full picture without the text at the bottom.
How to switch off CC from Channel Setting
Not only TCL TV users want to disable the closed captioning, but also Apple Users. Even though you have switched off the CC from your TCL Roku TV settings, there may still be captions displayed on specific channels and broadcasts in your TV list. In this case, the channel setting can help you to solve this problem.
Keep in mind, that the method for the specific channel may not be suitable for the rest of your channels if they have a built-in CC. For example, Netflix has its own rules about the CC.
Moreover, you should switch off the CC for each channel separately. So, if you want to switch off the CC from your TCL TV’s channel settings, you should follow the steps which would be mentioned in the section below:
- First of all, you should head to the desired channel. You can search through your TV’s channel list via the Channel UP/DOWN buttons on your Roku TCL TV remote.
- After that, you should look for the Settings tab. However, not each channel has a settings tab, the ones with switched on CC usually have. In this case, you should make sure that the channel you’re currently watching on your TCL TV has a settings tab. To do that, you should click on the “Info” button on your TCL Roku remote. If there is no settings menu then you’re seeing subtitles, not captions.
- To complete the process, you should switch off the closed caption for the channel. After you’ve found the settings configuration, there would be a closed captions feature displayed that will give you an opportunity to switch on or off the function. Then, you should click on the “OK” button to disable the CC feature.
This would help you to view your favorite shows without the text on the picture.
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Why Closed Captioning is useful
Even though, closed captioning is useful not only for a particular part of people but also for regular users, still some of them, for example, Fubo users, want to disable closed captioning.
Closed Captioning was initially created for deaf or hard-hearing people, but this feature can be helpful for many other users, for example:
- Viewers who know learn a new language or have this language as a second one, as it becomes easier to get along with the conversation.
- Closed captions help with comprehension of dialogue that is spoken very quickly, with accents, mumbling, or background noise.
- Closed captions help users to understand better the mentions of full names, brand names, or technical terminology.
- Closed captions help to manage concentration and engagement, which can provide a better experience for users with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, or autism.
- Closed captions provide users with an opportunity to watch their favorite shows in quiet places such as offices or libraries.
All in all, closed captioning is a great feature that makes your viewing experience much better.