Accessibility

How to get podcasts auto-captioned on your TV (Windows 10)

Overview

This is a guide showing you how to get podcasts auto-captioned on your TV. What you need is:

  • Your PC/laptop must have ability to screen-cast your screen to TV
  • Your TV must be capable of getting a screen cast from your PC/laptop. Alternatively, you can hook your PC to your TV via a cable.
  • Chrome Browser (latest version) installed on your PC or laptop. Preferably laptop, so you can screen cast to any TV in your area
  • At least, Windows 10 operating system

Instructions

  1. Open up Chrome. Install Chrome (latest version), if you don’t have it installed. Go to the menu in your browser and look for Settings in menu

Click on Settings

2. On left hand side, click on Advanced to expand your menu options, click on Accessibility.

Click on Accessibility

3. You’ll see Accessibility options on your screen, Live Caption is one of them. Check that Live Caption is ticked. Once you’ve done that, click Caption Preferences. When you click on Caption Preferences, it will open Accessibility options on your Windows 10 operating system

Check that Live Caption option is ticked
Click on Caption Perferences

4. Closed Captions options will appear on screen. You would have the ability to change text colour, background and font size. The font size is important especially when you’re going to screencast. Whatever changes you make to your caption, you can get a preview at top of your Closed Captions settings.

I’ve set my Caption Colour as White and my caption background as black.

Set your caption preferences
Set your caption background colour.

More importantly, we need to change the Caption Size to 200%. When we screencast our screen, we can increase our Caption Size so you can read captions on screen. This also depends on your desktop screen resolution. The higher the resolution, the smaller captions may display on yoour screencast (via desktop).

Increase Captions Size to 200%.

5. In your Chrome, log into your account where you can listen to a podcast such as Spotify or Audible. For this example, I’ll be using Spotify. https://www.spotify.com/uk/

Once you’ve logged into Spotify, it will redirect you to https://open.spotify.com/ I’m playing a podcast from the BBC and my Chrome browser is adding captions on screen.

It will show captions as a narrow box at bottom but you can expand the captions to a larger box. Click on the Down arrow at middle and bottom of your captions. You can also move your captions to anywhere you like on screen, bottom, middle or top.

Captions appears as a small narrow box.
Click on Down arrow to show more lines
You can expand your captions box

6. Screen cast your desktop to your TV. This is outside scope of guide. You can use Windows to try to connect to your TV. Your TV must be capable of receiving screencasts from your PC. Alternatively, you can use a cable to hook up your PC/desktop to your TV.

One last note

Screencasting Chrome auto-captions onto your TV is no real subsitute for providing transcripts or captions for your podcasts. This is a hack, a workaround. Please use proper captioning services to caption your podcasts and all kinds of media. There is a lot of deaf people and people with non-native language would benefit from captions.

You could generate more leads and opportunities if your podcasts and videos were captioned.