Closed Caption survey: Do you use them?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by astrohip, Sep 14, 2007.

I use Closed Captions:

  1. All (or almost all) the time

    46 vote(s)
    24.6%
  2. Whenever dialog is difficult to understand

    84 vote(s)
    44.9%
  3. Never (or almost never)

    57 vote(s)
    30.5%
  1. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    This survey is to get a general feel for how many of us use captions. I've noticed more & more caption talk over the last few months. A few years ago, it was a rare thread that mentioned captions in any way. Now it's fairly common. I don't know if this is because we're getting older and can't hear worth a d*mn, or whether mumbling has become a new art form.

    Regardless of why, vote! And feel free to comment if you like . . .
     
  2. brnscofrnld

    brnscofrnld where is this place?

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    I only ever turn them on when my Grandfather comes over to the house and we are watching something other then a sporting event.
     
  3. JustAllie

    JustAllie Number crunchin'

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    Occasionally.

    The most common times are when the show is, say, British (strong accents), when the characters speak too fast, or when I'm working out and the exercise machines are making too much noise.
     
  4. bicker

    bicker bUU

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    My wife is hearing impaired. 'nuf sed'
     
  5. jtlytle

    jtlytle Un-Registered User

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    I'm deaf in both ears. :)
     
  6. ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    you forgot the category for "when the judge is annoying: like the middle woman judge on "So you think you can dance"
     
  7. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    I use them occasionally. My mother, who is not deaf or even hard of hearing, leaves them on all the time.
     
  8. Ruth

    Ruth Well-Known Member

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    Yep! I have it set to caption upon mute, so whenever I have trouble understanding something (not infrequent as I have some hearing problems) I press mute and then instant replay so I get the captions on the part I missed. Works great. :up:
     
  9. swinca

    swinca Menace to society

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    Jaw-ja y'all
    One of my TVs is set to show captions when muted. I didn't do that on my newer TVs. Maybe I never figured out how.
     
  10. Ruth

    Ruth Well-Known Member

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    On my TV there is a menu for audio options where you can set this.
     
  11. Uncle Briggs

    Uncle Briggs Go Blues

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    Last season I used them on Lost and Battlestar
     
  12. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    While I've watched subtitled anime and foreign films for decades, I tend to find Closed Caption highly annoying because of the 1980s style text on back background crap. Some of that is controllable on the Series3, especially on digital channels using Digital CC, but it just isn't up to par for me. And since I can hear just fine, I don't use them. I also tend to do other things while watching TV, like catching up online, so I'm more likely to be listening and NOT looking at the screen than I am to be looking and not listening.
     
  13. TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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    +1 to what Ruth said.
     
  14. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

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    Right now my only TVs are actually monitors, so they don't have CC decoding capability (or remote controls, for that matter).
     
  15. sakura panda

    sakura panda Well-Known Member

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    Occasionally. If someone mumbles something that I think I want to know, or when the room is noisy, because I don't like turning up the TV sound to cover some other loud sound. :D

    --Katie
     
  16. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    Good poll, Astro....I use CC on every show I watch EXCEPT sporting events (same as brnscofrnld). And I am, what I would consider (!), moderately hard of hearing.
     
  17. retired_guy

    retired_guy New Member

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    I use them a lot. In fact, for about everything other than sporting events. Five years ago I rarely used closed captions. I recently had my hearing checked and found that I had light to moderate hearing loss, which my doctor said was typical for my age (72). He expects future generations will have even more hearing loss due to the proliferation of audio devices such as the iPod.
     
  18. rhuntington3

    rhuntington3 Well-Known Member

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    Whenever dialog is difficult to understand.
     
  19. smithken31100

    smithken31100 Member

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    My TV is not capable of showing closed captions so I never use them.
     
  20. Murdock

    Murdock New Member

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    I'm currently learning Spanish. I watch alot of Spanish Programming with Spanish subtitles when available.
     

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