Netflix rolls out new subtitle customization options for TV app

Mar 10, 2023, 5:37 PM UTC
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Netflix rolls out new subtitle customization options for TV app
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Netflix has introduced a new feature that allows users to customize subtitles and closed captions on their TV app. Previously, users had to access their Netflix account on a browser to change the appearance of subtitles, which was a tedious and complicated process. With the new feature, viewers can easily adjust the size and style of the text to suit their preferences.

According to TechCrunch, the feature works similarly to the Amazon Prime Video TV app’s subtitle adjuster. Users can choose between small, medium, and large text sizes and select from four different styles, including an option for yellow text on a black background for better contrast. To access these controls, users need to go to the Settings option at the bottom of the screen while a show is playing and select subtitle size and style.

The updated help page on the Netflix website also notes that the customization feature is currently not available for Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Thai, and Traditional Chinese. However, it’s expected that Netflix will roll out this feature for more languages in the future.

The ability to customize subtitles and closed captions has become increasingly important for many viewers in recent years. Subtitles are no longer just for people who are hard of hearing; they’re also used by viewers who want to hear dialogue more clearly or watch shows in a foreign language. The new controls on the Netflix TV app offer fewer customization options than the website, but they make it more accessible and convenient for viewers to adjust the appearance of subtitles.

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