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:

In case you are unable to turn off the closed captions, contact Spectrum Customer Service, and one of the representatives will facilitate you through the process.