What devices support accessibility features?

We’re committed to making our broadcast and online services as accessible as possible. However, due to technical limitations, the availability of subtitles and audio described programmes varies between the different versions of BBC iPlayer.


Subtitles are available for on-demand programmes (and downloads, where available) on the following versions of BBC iPlayer:

  • BBC iPlayer app for mobiles and tablets on Amazon Fire, Android and iOS
  • BBC iPlayer website on PCs and Macs
  • BBC iPlayer website on mobile and tablet browsers on Amazon Fire, Android and iOS
  • Most smart TVs
  • Sky Q (via the BBC iPlayer app)
  • Freesat G2
  • Virgin Media TiVo
  • YouView
  • BT Vision
  • Chromecast (black & white subtitles only)
  • Games consoles

We’re working on making subtitles available on the following versions of BBC iPlayer:

  • Sky On Demand
  • Apple TV (4th Generation)

Subtitles on live TV channels

We’re trialling subtitles on our live TV channel streams. They're available on all channels apart from BBC Parliament, BBC Alba and S4C. The trial is available on the BBC iPlayer website only and subtitles for live programmes are not available on Internet Explorer. We hope to roll out this functionality to the BBC iPlayer apps in the future.

Audio description

Audio described programmes are available to stream but not to download on all versions of BBC iPlayer (including desktop, tablet, mobile and connected TV devices) with the exception of Sky On Demand.

AD programmes are sometimes broadcast at a slightly later date than their original counterpart but are still available for a full 30-day period.

Signed programmes

Signed programmes are available on all versions of BBC iPlayer. Like audio described programmes, they're sometimes broadcast a few days later than their original counterparts.