NICE AND EASY: Closed Captioning on DIRECTV

OK it’s not THAT nice OR easy. But believe me, it’s easier than it used to be. DIRECTV receivers have built-in closed captioning in order to meet government rules, but of course you can also use it to watch TV while someone else is on the phone, or while you’re trying to let someone sleep. There are actually two forms of captioning, DIRECTV Subtitles and Closed Captioning. Technically only Closed Captioning meets federal guidelines, but DIRECTV Subtitles are usually easier to read.

Here’s how you enable captioning on your DIRECTV receiver:

  • On your remote, press {INFO} while on live TV.
  • Arrow over to CC.
  • Arrow down to DIRECTV Subtitles or Closed Captioning (your choice.)
  • Press {SELECT}.

You can do the same procedure to turn them off.

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