Currently, I have everything BT and have done for many years now with the exception of BT TV. The original reason for this was the lack of subtitles on many of the "extra" channels. (By extra, those that are unavailable on Freeview).
Is there any way I can obtain up to date advice as to whether the situation has changed over the last few years?
For example, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Discovery, Animal Planet and History would be appreciated but are totally redundant when one is deaf.
I might even consider Sky Cinema and Netflix.
Thanks for any help.
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Thanks, not really but interesting nevertheless.
For example, watch "Secret Life of the Zoo" with the sound turned off. This is where subtitles come in otherwise it is a total waste of time watching.
I am sure BT show the subtitled programmes from the run-of-the-mill channels but I am more concerned with National Geographic and similar which are available with the BT TV subscription. The last time I was able to check at a friend's home, these informative programmes were not subtitled. However, that was some time ago and this friend has jumped ship.
I think it would be each licensed channel that would determine whether they provide subtitles on any specific programme. Ofcom sets targets for channels it licences. Typically channels are required to achieve Ofcom targets but would have a number of years to achieve that. Some channels would be exempted by OFCOM
This PDF link from the OFCOM website
gives an indication of what Ofcom expects this year (2019)
So if I interpret that OFCOM document correctly National Geographic this year would be included in Ofcom Level Three but Nat Geo Wild is not.
It is though the channels that are in Ofcom Level One list that would be expected to provide to meet Ofcom full requirements that would have substantial amounts of subtitled programming.