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Accessibility Features on Hulu

Accessibility Features on Hulu

The library of content at HULU has been gradually progressing since 2008. Hulu has been releasing its own brand of original content since 2011. They are offering services in the USA and Japan. You have several famous shows, including full seasons and day-after access to current season content. Also, you get a chance to watch your favorite shows for the second time by just subscribing to Hulu(Subscription Video on Demand). The over-the-top(OTT) platform seamlessly streams live programs from broadcast and cable brands. Hulu Plus apps have been launched for mobiles, digital media players, and video game consoles. 

Features on Hulu

Hulu has been an excellent option for many streamers and is evident with millions of subscribers only in the USA. Their subscription plans are most favorable as they are available at affordable prices. They have three different plans for subscriptions. Hulu, the base plan with $5.99 per month, is the most nominal plan. Watch programs on this plan with minimal interruptions, limited commercials. Hulu + No commercials is the second plan. As the name implies, get access to any show without interruptions to commercials for $11.99 per month. Hulu + LIVE tv offers programs from all local, regional, and standard cable channels available in the market for $44.99 per month. With all these packages, Hulu is supported with every piece of technology needed to enhance the viewer experience. Let us look into the accessibility features offered by Hulu.

Various accessibility features have been enabled on Hulu for people with disabilities. It is not only for people with disabilities; these features improve user experiences and make navigation easy. Hulu offers assistance in these five categories,

All these features help enhance the playback experience.

Audio description

 

Audio description is an additional audio track that describes the visuals on the screen in detail for the blind or people with low vision. This feature is available on over 60 shows and movies, including Hulu originals. On the home screen, navigate to hubs. Discover the shows and movies with audio descriptions in the Audio Description Hub on the supported devices.

How to use Audio description on connected devices

Audio description is supported on Smart TVs and TV-connected devices like Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung(not 2017 models), VIZIO, Xbox 1, and Xbox 360. If the audio description is available for shows or movies you wish to watch, follow the steps below:

  • During playback of the title, press up on the remote and open the Settings menu.
  • From the settings menu, select audio options, select English, choose audio description.
  • Apple TV users, swipe down to open the settings menu, select English, then the Audio Description from the Audio options.

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How to use Audio description on mobile devices

Audio description is available on mobile devices like iPhones, iPads, android mobile devices, and fire tablets. To enable audio description available in the show or movie, follow the steps below:

  • During the playback, tap the screen to find the settings icon.
  • Tap the settings icon, find audio and tap English- Audio Description.

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How to use audio description on Web

Audio description is available on the latest versions of Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari. Follow the steps given below to enable audio description on Hulu.

  • During playback, click on the settings icon
  • Find the Subtitles & Audio menu
  • Select English- Audio Description

How to use Closed Captions and Subtitles on Hulu

A number of shows and movies on Hulu have Closed Captions and Subtitles. You can enable, disable, or format them on all supported devices.

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How to enable/disable closed captions on Connected Devices

Enable or disable closed captions during any time of the playback. Most of the shows on Hulu have access to closed captions.
Instructions for devices that support the latest Hulu App:

  • During the playback of the title, press the up button or swipe down on your remote to bring up the playback bar
  • Press or swipe up again to open the Settings menu
  • Under Captions & Subtitles, select On or Off

Instructions for devices that support the Classic Hulu App:

  • During playback, press the up button on your remote to pull up the play bar
  • Press up button again for more options
  • Select Captions, then choose an available language or select Off

How to enable/ disable closed captions on mobiles

Follow the below given steps to enable/ disable captions on mobile devices:

  • During playback, click the screen and tap the Settings icon
  • Under Subtitles & Captions, tap auto, on or off.
  • Tap X to save your changes and resume playback

How to enable/ disable closed captions on the web

  • During playback, click the Settings icon
  • Click the Subtitles & Audio menu
  • Choose an available language or select Off

How to change the language of subtitles on Connected Devices

Few shows in Hulu have both English and Spanish subtitles. Subtitles may be offered in English and Spanish. Change the language of the subtitles if you wish to.
Instructions for devices that support the latest Hulu App:

  • During the playback of the title, press up on your remote and open the Settings menu.
  • Under Subtitles or Subtitle Language, select English or Spanish
  • On Apple Tv, swipe down to access the Settings menu and choose your preferred language from the options listed under subtitles

Instructions for devices that support the Classic Hulu App:

  • During playback, press the up button on your remote to pull up the play bar
  • Press the up button again for more options
  • Select Captions, then choose English or Spanish

How to change the language of subtitles on mobiles

To change the language of subtitles (when available) on supported mobile devices:

  • During playback, tap the Settings icon
  • Tap English or Español under Subtitle Language
  • Tap the X to save your changes and resume playback

How to change the language of subtitles on the web

  • During playback, click the Settings icon
  • Click into the Subtitles & Audio menu
  • Choose English or Spanish

Keyboard Controls

Forget your mouse, trackpad, light pen, or any input device. Just use a keyboard. With Hulu’s keyboard controls, take the tour of the site and control playback for the best experience.

KeyFunction
Tab Navigate to the next content, button, or link
Shift + TabNavigate to the previous content, button, or link
EnterSelect content, button, or link
SpacebarJump to the next section of the page
KeyFunction
Tab Press once to open the player controls. With each additional press of the button, navigate to the next option
Shift + TabNavigate to the previous options within the playback screen
EnterSelect button (when applicable)
Left/Right ArrowsOn selecting the volume button, left/right arrows control the volume. These arrows can be used to rewind or fast-forward the video if the playback bar is selected.
Up/Down ArrowsIf the volume button is selected, the up/down arrows control the volume. If the playback bar is selected, the up/down arrows rewind or fast forward the videos.
SpacebarPause or play the video
EscapeMinimize the video and enter Picture-in-Picture mode
FEnter full-screen mode.

Screen Readers

Screen readers have been developed for computer users who have lost their vision. They can neither view the screen nor navigate using a mouse. Thus screen readers offer several capabilities like navigating the internet, drafting a document, etc., but the most common feature is Text-to-Speech.
Screen readers can be used to navigate Hulu to access its content. Popular supported screen readers are JAWS (PC/Mac), VoiceOver(Apple), TalkBack(Android), Audio Guide (Roku), VoiceView (Amazon). If you are using a screen-reader to navigate Hulu.com, it is recommended to use the latest versions of browsers like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari.

Voice Commands:

There isn’t much work for your fingers when Hulu supports voice commands for both Alexa and Google. Control Hulu with just voice instructions.
You are free to share your ideas in the Hulu community if you would like to add more voice support.

Importance of Captions and Subtitles

Captions and subtitles have become part and parcel of every video produced. Multilingual content is enjoyed by audiences worldwide. The hard-of-hearing people concentrate on the Captions or subtitles that appear on the screen.
That is how we help all video producers. At CaptioningStar we prepare captions and subtitles which are over 99% accurate. We work for more than 150 languages, that covers all the important languages spoken globally. Contact us with all your requirements. Our team will get back to you within minutes.

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