You probably know that Apple TV supports close captions, but did you also know that you can customise the close captions on your Apple TV to suit your needs exactly?
Closed captions are a specialised type of subtitle designed for people who can’t hear or understand the TV properly, or need to listen with the sound turned down. As well as including everything people say in the captions, they include descriptions of important sounds and other audio information that’s needed to understand the show.
Turning Close Captions On
On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
Select the “Closed Captions + SHD” option by pressing Select on your Apple Remote or touching the option on your touch screen to turn on closed captions and subtitles.
Customising Closed Captions
On your Apple TV, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Closed Captions + SDH > Style.
You can choose one of the predefined styles here: Default, Large Text, or Classic. The large text is especially good for those who don’t have great vision.
If your visual needs are more specific than this, select “Create New Style” from the style menu above. You should see the following screen:
You can change almost everything about your captions here, the font, size, colour, background colour, opacity, and even the text opacity, highlight style, and edge style. These settings can really enhance radability for caption users with dyslexia, low vision, or other neurological impairments such as cortical vision impairment.
Happy Closed Captioning!