Nowadays, content creators and television broadcasters to reach as many viewers as possible more frequently use closed captions. Quite often, people confuse closed captions with subtitles but it is important to understand that these two tools serve very different purposes. Subtitles show the text version of the dialogues as they appear on the TV screen. Closed captions, on the other hand, narrate the on-screen story by recreating the dialogues, describing the background sounds, and even telling the viewers about the character’s tone.

Why are closed captions used?

According to the Rehabilitation Act, the Disabilities Act, and the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act, closed captions are legally required for all the content that is to be broadcast publically in the United States.

Initially, closed captions were designed to facilitate the deaf community with hearing impediments, but these days, people without hearing disability also choose to watch TV with closed captions to better understand the content of the movie. However, being a Native American, you do not always need those huge captions as they might block some of the scenes. You can easily turn closed captions off if you want to enjoy your TV show without dialogues popping up your screen.

Spectrum Accessibility Guide: Closed Captioning Settings

To view or change your Spectrum settings, follow the below-mentioned steps:

  1. Press the Menu button on your Spectrum remote; go to Settings and Support, and then press the OK/Select button.
  2. Three settings will appear on your TV screen.

    A) Closed Captioning: You can easily turn this feature on and off by selecting the appropriate option. When enabled, captions will be displayed on your TV screen describing all the events in a text form.
    B) Descriptive Video Service: DVS can be turned on or off in this option. When enabled, this feature will provide a secondary audio sound, narrating all the natural pauses in on-screen dialogues and describing the actions, facial expressions, costumes, scenes as well as the settings of the show.
    C) Closed Captioning Settings: This option allows you to view and manage various settings such as the text style, presentation, and text color of the captions.
  3. After making the necessary changes, highlight the Save option, and press the Select/OK button to confirm your changes. That is it. You have successfully turned off the closed captions on your Spectrum TV.


In this blog post, we discussed the significance of Closed Captions and provided a quick guide on how to turn them on or off using your Spectrum remote. We hope it proves helpful!