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Old 04-26-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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I hope I'm not the only one who does this, but I love to watch movies and some TV shows with closed captioning on. I initially used it to "decipher" two of my favorite cartoons (yes, I watch cartoons), South Park and Squidbillies.

I could barely understand a word the characters were saying, but I knew whatever it was had to be funny because I would laugh at the parts that I did actually understand. So, I started turning on the closed captioning on my TV to read what the characters were actually saying.

Knowing what the characters were actually saying made the shows even funnier because I no longer had to guess or "decipher" anything. The same applies to movies and TV shows.

If I'm watching a really interesting movie or TV show, I like to know exactly what each character is saying because it makes the movie or TV show that much more interesting to me; I don't know why it just does .

I don't use closed captioning all the time, but I do use it 60% of the time on movies, TV shows, PBS (documentaries, Nova, movies, etc.), and cartoons. I never use it when I'm watching the news because the closed-captioned words are usually wrong, misspelled or completely omitted.

So, does anyone else use closed captioning?
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:41 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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I do, for two reasons: I tend to watch a lot of British productions. Depending on the accent, sometimes it is hard for me to figure out what is being said.

The other reason is because I live in a smallish apartment with five people here total; we try and not blast the TV when only some of us are watching, so we use the CC so that we can keep the volume low.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:13 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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I pretty much keep it on all the time. I turned it on initially for show that had a lot of rapid dialogue or technical terms... West Wing, Law & Order, CSI, Bones... It's interesting when I watch the news -- many times they won't say the name of the person in the news story. Instead of "Mrs. McGillicuddy was injured in a car crash," they'll say "A woman was injured in a car crash."

Some times it's annoying, though, when it covers up on-screen graphics, faces, screen-crawlers. I don't know if it's the different networks or the actual shows that dictate how it's displayed. And a lot of advertisers are dropping the ball by NOT having CC! Many people have their remotes set to "CC on mute", and I always mute commercials.
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:53 AM
 
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I do, for two reasons: I tend to watch a lot of British productions. Depending on the accent, sometimes it is hard for me to figure out what is being said.
Same here. I miss so much when I am watching a British show that doesn't have closed caption.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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I pretty much keep it on all the time. I turned it on initially for show that had a lot of rapid dialogue or technical terms... West Wing, Law & Order, CSI, Bones... It's interesting when I watch the news -- many times they won't say the name of the person in the news story. Instead of "Mrs. McGillicuddy was injured in a car crash," they'll say "A woman was injured in a car crash."

Some times it's annoying, though, when it covers up on-screen graphics, faces, screen-crawlers. I don't know if it's the different networks or the actual shows that dictate how it's displayed. And a lot of advertisers are dropping the ball by NOT having CC! Many people have their remotes set to "CC on mute", and I always mute commercials.
LOL; I also mute commercials except the funny ones (e.g., "Jake from State Farm," the Cheetoh's "Cheese me" robot, the E-trade baby, etc.) .
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:34 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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So am I missing something or is there NO closed captioning option for anything on Amazon instant video? I just signed up for a free Prime trial and have been checking it out over the past couple weeks. I have not watched anything there yet that is captioned and the CC option on my TV isn't picking anything up.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:17 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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So am I missing something or is there NO closed captioning option for anything on Amazon instant video? I just signed up for a free Prime trial and have been checking it out over the past couple weeks. I have not watched anything there yet that is captioned and the CC option on my TV isn't picking anything up.
Might not be any. My Dad uses CC most of the time, but especially for British TV series/movies. He gets everything from Netflix. If he gets the DVDs, they have CC/titles he can use, but not the ones that are instantly available.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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When I had tv/cable, I did-but now that I get my shows online (free streaming sites), the captions tend not to work, if available at all (usually not).
I can hear fine, though have some trouble discerning what exactly is being said, esp. with British shows where people have accents different than mine (Scottish accent is often tough for me to decode/translate)-
but I love so many UK programs, so just have to cope with it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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When we still had cable, we had the captioning on because of our baby. But it was actually a good thing, because the people who were doing the captioning couldn't keep up sometimes, and it was pretty funny to read some of the things that would start poppoing up on the screen during heavy dialogue periods.
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:37 PM
 
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My gf wears a hearing aid..We always have cc on. I kinda hate it. I cant help but read the words, even if it's a movie like 'Forrest Gump' and I know it word for word.

The worst is when the cc are behind during a live show.
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