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:
We’re working on making subtitles available on the following versions of BBC iPlayer:
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 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.
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 are available on all versions of BBC iPlayer. Like audio described programmes, they're sometimes broadcast a few days later than their original counterparts but are also available for 30 days on BBC iPlayer.
The guidance within this FAQ also applies to the iPlayer Kids app.
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