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How to Watch Music and the Spoken Word with Closed Captioning

Did you know Music and the Spoken Word is available with closed captioning? While watching and listening to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square is an amazing experience alone, closed captioning can enhance it in different ways.

How Can Closed Captioning Help Me?

While the technology of closed captioning started in the 1970s, it has become more widely available on most televisions over the years and is no longer a novelty.

For those who have trouble hearing clearly, or for those who want to read and hear the lyrics or messages, the subtitles are an amazing way to complement the viewing experience.

If you need to have the volume down while multitasking, closed captioning can provide all of the visual information needed to make up for the lack of volume. For patients in hospitals, nursing homes, or sound-sensitive or noisy environments such as libraries, it is the ideal solution when portions of the program cannot be heard. 

Other Uses for Closed Captioning

A 2006 study revealed that of the 7.5 million people who use closed captions in the United Kingdom, only 1.5 million were deaf or hard of hearing.

  • Closed captions help with comprehension of dialogue that is spoken quickly or not clearly, or when there is excessive background noise. In an age of unscripted television, it can be harder to understand the dialogue.
  • Closed captions can help provide a better experience for people with learning disabilities or autism by helping them maintain concentration.
  • Viewers whose second language is English benefit from using subtitles.

How to Access Closed Captioning

  • Press the Menu button on your TV remote (most remotes have this).
  • Once you have accessed the menu, press “Setup.”
  • You should see a CC or Closed Captioning option. Select “Enable” or “Yes,” and then press OK.

Remote controls and menus vary, but most should work similarly to this.

Here are links to instructions on how to set up closed captioning for a few providers:

Xfinity            DIRECTV           AT&T            DISH

If you have trouble activating subtitles, you can check your television manual, call your television provider, or search online for instructions. 

The Spoken Word segment of our broadcast is currently available in closed captioning on YouTube by clicking the CC button at the bottom of the selected video.