Beginning in the present day, Netflix is giving TV customers the choice to customise the scale and magnificence of subtitles and closed captions. This replace offers subscribers the flexibility to select from three sizes — small, medium and enormous — in addition to 4 kinds/colours which embrace the default white textual content choice, drop shadow (white textual content with black background), gentle (black textual content with white background) and distinction (yellow textual content with black background). The replace will roll out to TV customers globally by the tip of in the present day.

Netflix members had been beforehand solely capable of entry these subtitle and closed caption sizing and magnificence choices through the net. So it’s a welcome replace for TV customers, particularly since streaming on massive screens like linked TVs, good TVs and gaming consoles represented 77% of worldwide streamed minutes within the first quarter of 2022, per streaming knowledge analytics firm Conviva. Notably, 80% of Americans reported that they’re extra prone to end a video if it has captions accessible, in keeping with a 2019 research by Verizon Media and Publicis Media.

Whereas it might look like a small replace, giving TV customers extra kinds, fonts, sizes and colours for subtitles and closed captions can considerably enhance the viewing expertise. As an example, discovering the proper measurement and magnificence of subtitles could make an enormous distinction for visually impaired, deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. Word that Netflix additionally already has a choose variety of titles with Subtitles for the Deaf and Laborious of Listening to (SDH). Subtitles and closed captions are additionally useful for viewers who could not perceive the language.

There are a ton of streaming providers that enable customers to vary the scale and magnificence of subtitles, reminiscent of Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+, Peacock and Discovery+, amongst others.

As we speak’s Netflix replace comes practically a yr after the streamer launched badges for audio and subtitle descriptions, in addition to expanded to greater than 11,000 hours of descriptive audio in over 30 languages.