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April 9, 2023
Netflix added a new tools for its TV applications that allows users to choose between different options to customize the size and style of subtitles so that they are more comfortable for viewers.
The streaming content platform already allows the customization of subtitles for its web version with the Subtitle Appearance feature, which enables the user to change the font, size, shadow, and background color of the subtitles. Now, the company has also added a subtitle customization feature for TVs. With this update, users will be able to choose how to view subtitles directly, without the need to change them from the web.
Specifically, as reported by TechCrunch, subscribers will be able to choose the size of the letters between small, medium, and large. They will also be able to choose the styles and colors in which the subtitles will appear. Netflix offers the default white text option but also includes white text with a black background, black text with white background, and yellow text with a black background.
How to set up closed captions on Netflix?
To set up closed captions, just access them in the usual way:
- Go to the Netflix Account page.
- Select a profile in the Profiles and Parental Controls section.
- Select Change under Subtitle Appearance.
- Choose your subtitle appearance options.
- Select Save.
- This new feature is now available to all users globally. This facilitates the possibility of improving and adapting the display of subtitles according to the preferences of each user, which is useful, for example, in the case of visually impaired subscribers.
Note to Mobile Phones
For mobile devices, closed captioning settings also affect downloaded content viewed offline. While this may seem like a small success, a Verizon Media survey found that 80% of Americans prefer to watch content with closed captioning. Moreover, its arrival on TVs and consoles is large since in 2022 this type of large screen accounted for 77 devices preferred by viewers.
- Launch the Netflix application.
- Select a series or movie.
- While a series or movie is playing, tap anywhere on the screen.
- Select the Dialog button in the upper right corner.
- Select your preferred audio or subtitle options.
- Tap OK to resume playback.
- Select Settings from the home screen of your device.
- Select General.
- Select Accessibility.
- Select Captions.
- Use the slider to enable captions for and hearing impaired.
- In the Style section of this screen, you can configure how captions are displayed; if you choose to create a new style, make sure General Video is disabled in the Font, Size, Color, and Opacity settings.
Mistakes you shouldn’t make when using a Netflix account
Taking full advantage of downloads
Even though today there are unlimited mobile data plans and that many public spaces offer free connection to a WiFi network, in certain situations, the user can be left without internet access and this affects the use of the service. In this situation, the best solution is to download a couple of movies or series episodes to the phone. With this resource, you will be able to view content without the need to be connected. Besides, it is a free tool, which is positive. You can have up to ten titles stored if the cell phone allows it. You should be foresighted if you leave home for a while, such as traveling.
Check the quality on mobile devices
Downloading content has another advantage, which is that it is possible to raise the quality of the content stored on the device. This is because normally the app configures the lowest quality to avoid the high consumption of mobile data when using the service. However, when downloading the series and movies to the device it will be possible to view them with the highest possible quality. However, it is recommended to download them using a high-powered Wi-Fi network.
Rate the content you watch
Netflix has the option to rate the content that the user views, however, most people do not make use of this resource. But assigning a negative or positive note to production is key to better guiding the platform and thus it will be able to offer recommendations that are much better suited to the preferences of each person.
Avoid starting and finishing a series on the same day
Even though certain productions can be attractive for a person, it must be remembered that each story has a rhythm, and this must be respected to better enjoy the plot. For this reason, it is not advisable to fall into the anxiety of visualizing content excessively to satiate the curiosity about the development of the story.
It is worth remembering that this content will remain present in the service’s catalog for several months and, therefore, it is advisable to watch one or two episodes and then carry out another activity.
Adopting this dynamic will not only help to increase the entertainment produced by certain productions, but it can also contribute to the user’s health by allowing his mind to perform other activities during the day.
Not giving original content a chance
The streaming platform has directed its efforts to expand the offer of original content, which has achieved great success, as is the case of Stranger Things or Better Call Saul, among other productions. Precisely for this reason, it is ideal for the user to invest a few minutes in exploring the exclusive content that the service has, as they could find a couple of attractive options.