TiVo® Accessibility Features

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Accessibility features are being enabled for all TiVo DVRs, Minis, and SmartBoxes (not Previews). This includes:

  • TiVo DVRs: TiVo T6 (848), Arris MG2 (D69)
  • TiVo Minis: TiVo Mini1 (A92), TiVo Mini2 (A93), Arris Mi4 (A95)
  • TiVo SmartBox: Arris Qi3 (D16)

TiVo Accessibility features include:

Screen Reader

A screen reader is a voice that reads the TiVo menu choices displayed on the TV screen.

To turn the screen reader on or off, press and hold the A button on your TiVo remote for at least two seconds. You will hear a voice say “screen reader on” or “screen reader off.”

Note: After the Screen Reader is on, you will not be able to use Dolby Audio. If your audio is set to Dolby Audio, the system will automatically bar you from Dolby and switch you to PCM.

Closed Captioning:

Closed Captioning is the audio portion of a show displayed as text on the TV screen.

To turn Closed Captioning on or off, press and hold the B button on your TiVo remote for at least two seconds.

Note: You can also turn Closed Captioning on or off from the Info Banner. Just press the INFO button on your remote control and select the Closed Caption icon.

Video Description Track

A Video Description Track is a voice that describes the action taking place on the TV screen during natural pauses in the audio.

To turn the video description track on or off, press and hold the C button on your TiVo remote for at least two seconds. This will change the audio track of the show to the secondary audio track.

Note: Not all shows include a video description track. It is up to the content provider to offer a video description track.

Note: If there are multiple audio tracks, pressing the C button for two seconds will cycle through all available tracks.

Note: This function will not work if any overlays are present (like the Info Banner that appears over the video when you change channels, or the status bar that appears when you pause, fast forward, or rewind video). If you press and hold C but get no response, try pressing CLEAR - the leftmost button on the bottom row of your remote – to clear any overlays. Then press and hold C again.

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