Got a brand new Sony smart TV? Great, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite videos on a crisp crystal-clear Ultra-HD screen. And what’s best about it, there are a bunch of settings to customize video playback on your Sony TV.
This article focuses on turning on and off closed captioning (CC) to get subtitles for your videos. Sony made it super easy to enable/disable the CC. But if you just click the CC button on the remote, the subtitles might not play. This is why it pays to take a closer look at all the available options and menus.
Before You Start
CC availability and settings depend on the device you are using as the video source. For example, your TV might be connected to a satellite set-top box, cable, Amazon Fire Stick/TV, or Apple TV. If connected via cable or set-top box, you need to use the device’s menu, not your TV’s, to turn on/enable CC. Here’s how to do it:
Go into the device menu, navigate to Settings, and then select Options. Find Preferences under Options, and click on TV Options. The following menu should list Captioning, click on it and make sure it’s turned on.
Those who have RCA-type composite connection (yellow cable) can turn on CC via Sony TV menu. Though, it’s still advisable to do it on your set-top box and cable, as well.
Expert tip: Keep the CC on, regardless of the streaming/video-playback device you connect to the Sony TV. You can easily turn it off via remote when the playback starts.
Sony TV Menu
Sony TVs support both digital and analog CC, in case you are not using set-top box or cable. Both options are available inside the TV’s settings. But the exact outline and menus might slightly vary based on the exact model you have. The following explanations should help you navigate to the right section on most models.
Digital Closed Captioning
Launch the TV menu, select Preferences, and navigate to Setup – it’s one of the options on the right. Go down to Closed Captioning (CC) in the main window and choose Caption Vision. This option can be Advanced or Basic, and there are two additional features.
You can choose Digital CC: CC1 or Digital CC Options: “As broadcast” and, for the most part, either of them works just fine. But if you find one better with than the other, share your preferences with the rest of TJ community in the comments section below.
It’s important to note that Digital CC allows you to change font color and size, as well as text type. The menu is available under Closed Captioning (CC), of course.
Analog Closed Captioning
For analog CC, the CC1 profile works with most video streaming/broadcasting services. If not, you can also try CC2, CC3, and CC4 options. As for the other settings, they need to be formatted to CC Display: ON and Analog CC1 (or any other profile you like).
So what’s the difference between analog and digital CC? The analog CC can display white text on black background only while digital CC allows you to customize the subtitles. And according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the distributors should provide you with equipment that supports both formats.
Note: CC on Sony Bravia is under Accessibility, but might be located under a different menu on other models.
Sony TV Remote
With CC enabled on the TV and set-top box/cable, you should be able to easily turn the subtitles on and off via Sony remote. The CC button location may vary, depending on the model you have. But it’s usually at the lower section of the remote just under the volume and channel rockers.
Press the button once to turn on CC. You might be prompted to confirm it via a pop-up window. Press again if you want to turn it off.
Things to Remember
Some HDTV broadcasters don’t send the CC signal, which means it won’t work no matter what you do. If so, contact your provider to find out how to get subtitles. In addition, there are also TV stations that don’t broadcast CC. In this case, there is almost nothing you can do.
With the CC on, you may experience some delay in the subtitles when switching between the channels. Some streaming/media devices might not feature CC at all. To work around this issue, connect the device to your Sony TV via S-video or composite cable and turn on CC in the TV menu.
Use the Home button on the remote to access the CC menu and make necessary changes.
Grandma Likes Big Captions
Given the CC features Sony provides, you shouldn’t have any problems setting up the subtitles. The important thing to remember is that it’s not only about the TV. For example, if you enjoy videos on your Sony via Apple TV, you need to enable CC on both devices and make sure the video comes with subtitles.