Showing closed captions or subtitles in Windows Media Center


Closed captions are textual representations of the audio in a TV program. For example, closed captions can display the spoken dialogue in a show, as well as non-verbal information, such as music and sound effects. This text is broadcast along with the TV signal from your TV service provider. You can turn closed captions on in Windows Media Center if you're deaf or hard-of-hearing, or if you just want to keep the volume low and read along.

Subtitles is a more general term used to describe the spoken audio in a movie. Subtitles are often displayed in a different language than the audio. If you're watching a DVD that includes subtitle options, you can turn them on in Media Center.

By default, closed captioning and subtitles appear automatically in Media Center when the audio is muted. If you want, you can change this setting.

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To turn closed captioning on or off for TV shows

Media Center displays closed captioning that's broadcast by your TV service provider. Check with your service provider to see if they broadcast closed captioning for the TV shows that you want to watch.

  1. On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, and then click Closed Captioning.

  2. Under Caption display, click the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons to select On, Off, or On when muted, and then click Save.

Note

  • On when muted, which displays closed captioning only when the volume is muted, is the default setting.

To change the appearance of closed captions for TV shows

You can change the appearance of closed captions, such as the text size or the text color.

  1. On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click TV, and then click Closed Captioning.

  2. Click Advanced, and then click Use my custom settings to adjust the settings.

  3. Click the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons to change any of the settings, and then click Save.

Note

  • Additional options might appear depending on the type of TV signal you're watching. For instance, you might be able to set the preferred language for digital TV channels.

To turn subtitles on or off for DVDs

  1. On the Windows Media Center start screen, scroll to Tasks, click Settings, click DVD, and then click Subtitle.

  2. Click the plus (+) and minus (-) buttons to select On, Off, or On when muted, and then click Save.



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