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Closed captioning example from January 31, 2021, Music & the Spoken Word

Enable Closed Captioning with Choir Programs

Did you know programs of The Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square such as Music & the Spoken Word are available with closed captioning? While watching and listening to the Choir and Orchestra is an amazing experience in and of itself, closed captioning can enhance that viewing in different ways. The narration, music lyrics, and the Spoken Word are all captioned. 

The term “closed” indicates that the captions are visible when activated by the viewer, usually via the menu option or on a remote control. Captions on a program also describe spoken dialogue and non-speech information such as the identity of speakers along with any significant music or sound effects using words or symbols.

Closed captioning technology—also referred to as “subtitles” or “sub” in Europe—started in the 1970s. It has become widely available on most television broadcasts or internet streams over the years and is no longer a novelty. 

How Can Closed Captioning Help Me?

For those who have trouble hearing clearly, or for those who want to read song lyrics or messages, subtitles are an amazing way to complement the viewing experience. Studies have shown captions enable the listener to increase their understanding, focus, and concentration on the dialogue, including lyrics, especially where there are distractions.

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

How Can I Access Closed Captioning?

Accessing “closed captioning” is easy for the viewer but each broadcasting system or device may vary. If you are in doubt, search online with the question: “How to enable closed captioning on [insert here the name of your device or streaming service].”

Here are some general guidelines: 


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

  • 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.

If you have trouble activating captioning, you can check your television manual, call your television provider, or search online for instructions. Here are links to instructions on how to set up closed captioning for a few providers:

XFINITY            DIRECTV           AT&T            DISH


Closed captioning can be accessed by checking your accessibility settings, clicking on the “CC” button found on a video stream, or checking online.

For example:
When watching Choir Music & the Spoken Word videos on Facebook, check here for information about enabling video captioning. 

The Choir’s Music & the Spoken Word broadcasts are available in closed captioning on YouTube by hovering your cursor near the bottom and clicking the “CC” button of each video.

Check out this Music & the Spoken Word YouTube video to see how easy it is to enable the “cc” button to access the captions.

January 31, 2021 Music & the Spoken Word