Netflix Adds Closed Captioning to PC Streaming

Posted Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 07:00 AM PDT by Mike Attebery

Coming to other devices this fall, along with 5.1 audio.

As great as Netflix streaming is, there’s a lot that it just can’t do. Obviously, Netflix titles lack DVD extras, commentary tracks and additional languages, but subtitles are finally an option.

The rollout has just begun, so all titles aren’t yet available with subtitles. In fact, only 100 titles are currently closed captioned. It’s not a lot, but Netflix is working to fill the library. If you want to check it out for yourself, seasons 1-4 of Lost all sport the new feature.

It’s simple enough to enable. The closed caption button sits right next to the full screen button, and a simple toggle kicks it on and off. It might not be a big deal to most viewers, but adding closed captioning will be a boon to viewers with hearing disabilities.

It’s only on PC for now. According to Neil Hunt on the official Netflix blog, “We have similar technology working in the lab for some of our game console, Blu-ray, and DTV platforms, which will roll out in releases starting this fall, along with support for 5.1 audio.”

Source: Netflix Blog

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