How to Turn Off Audio Description on Paramount Plus

Scott Daly

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Turning off the audio descriptions on Paramount Plus is important for viewers who prefer to watch shows and movies without the additional narration designed for the visually impaired. Paramount Plus, being a popular streaming service, provides audio descriptions as part of its accessibility features to ensure everyone can enjoy its content. However, not every user requires this service, and some may find it unintentionally enabled or simply wish to disable it for personal preference.

To disable audio descriptions on Paramount Plus, viewers can utilize the settings within the streaming service’s interface. These settings are easily accessible, often found by selecting the speech bubble icon during playback, which allows users to customize their audio options. By familiarizing themselves with the accessibility features, including audio descriptions and closed captions, viewers can tailor their viewing experience to match their individual needs.

Finding the Settings on Paramount Plus to Manage Audio Options

Sometimes, Paramount Plus may start playing movies or shows with audio description enabled. Audio description is a helpful accessibility feature that narrates scenes for those with visual impairments. However, if you don’t need this feature, it can feel disruptive. Here’s how to turn off audio description on Paramount Plus across popular devices:

Turning Off Audio Description on Your Streaming Device

  1. Start playing the movie or show where the audio description is active.
  2. Look for a settings or options icon during playback. This might look like a speech bubble or a gear icon. Here are some common places to find it depending on your device:
    • Roku: Hit the asterisk (*) button on your remote.
    • Smart TVs: Check the on-screen controls during video playback.
    • Fire TV: Usually accessed through the pause menu.
  3. Find the section labeled “Audio”, “Audio Tracks”, or “Accessibility”.
  4. Look for the audio track labeled “English (AD)” or something similar that mentions audio description. Switch to a regular “English” audio track.

Instructions By Device

Apple TV

  1. Go to Settings (Gear App)
  2. Accessibility
  3. VoiceOver -> Turn Off
  4. Audio Descriptions -> Turn Off

Philips / Smart TVs:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Disable (uncheck) 5.1 Surround
  3. Go to Audio Tracks
  4. Make sure English (Original) is selected

Amazon Fire TV Method

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Accessibility
  3. Audio Description
  4. Turn OFF the options for ‘Over the Air Channels’ and ‘Prime Video’

Roku TV Method

  1. Click the STAR button on your remote or navigate to settings
  2. Accessibility & Captions
  3. Audio Track: Off
  4. Screen Reader: Off

Samsung TV

Method 1:

  1. Settings / Menu
  2. Broadcasting
  3. Audio Options
  4. Audio Language -> Turn off Anything That Says Premix

Method 2:

  1. Setings / Gear Icon
  2. General
  3. Accessibility
  4. Voice Guide Settings -> Turn Everything Off

Sony TV / Google TV / Android

  1. Go to Settings
  2. System
  3. Accessibility
  4. Audio Description: Off
  5. Screen Reader: Off
  6. TalkBack: Off

Turning Off Audio Description on the Paramount Plus App (Mobile)

  1. Start watching the content that has audio description enabled.
  2. Tap anywhere on the screen to bring up playback controls.
  3. Look for a speech bubble icon in the top right corner and tap it.
  4. Under the “Audio” category, select a different audio track without the “AD” label.

Turning Off Audio Description on Paramount Plus Website

  1. Log in to Paramount Plus on your computer and start a video.
  2. Hover your mouse over the player, bringing up playback controls.
  3. Click on the speech bubble icon in the top right corner.
  4. Choose an audio track without the “AD” mention in the “Audio” section.
Roku1. Start playback. 2. Hit the asterisk (*) button. 3. Find “Audio” settings. 4. Switch off audio description track.
Smart TVs1. Start playback. 2. Find on-screen controls. 3. Find “Audio” settings. 4. Switch off audio description track.
Fire TV1. Start playback. 2. Access pause menu. 3. Find “Audio” settings. 4. Switch off audio description track.
Paramount Plus App (Mobile)1. Start playback. 2. Tap screen for controls. 3. Tap speech bubble icon. 4. Under “Audio”, choose a non-AD track.
Paramount Plus Website1. Start playback. 2. Hover for controls. 3. Click speech bubble icon. 4. Under “Audio”, choose a non-AD track

Key Takeaways

  • Audio descriptions on Paramount Plus are intended for the visually impaired but can be turned off.
  • A speech bubble icon on the platform allows users to adjust audio settings during playback.
  • Paramount Plus provides various accessibility options that can be personalized for an optimal viewing experience.

Turning Off Audio Descriptions on Various Devices

To enhance the viewing experience for all users, Paramount Plus offers audio descriptions, but not everyone may require this feature. Depending on the device, the method to turn off audio descriptions varies slightly.

Smart TVs and Streaming Devices

For Smart TVs and streaming devices like RokuTV or Apple TV, disabling audio descriptions generally follows these steps:

  1. While watching a show, look for the speech bubble icon. This is typically found in the upper right corner of the screen.
  2. Select the speech bubble to access the audio settings in the menu.
  3. In the audio settings, you should see an option to toggle the audio descriptions off.

If these steps do not resolve the issue, checking the device’s main settings can be another route. Locate the accessibility options where audio descriptions can be turned off for all content.

Mobile and Web Accessibility

For mobile devices, such as phones or tablets, and using a web browser on a desktop computer, the approach is consistent:

  • Open the Paramount Plus app or go to the Paramount Plus website and sign in to your account.
  • Begin playing the video you want to watch.
  • Tap or click on the speech bubble icon, then choose audio settings from the list.
  • Here you can switch the audio descriptions off.

Note: If using iOS devices, the audio description setting may be adjusted from within the device’s settings, under Accessibility. This change will apply to all compatible video content played on the device.

These instructions are meant to help users manage their settings and enjoy their viewing experience without audio descriptions.

Additional Accessibility Features and Support

Paramount Plus meets the needs of a diverse audience by providing several accessibility features geared towards enhancing the overall viewing experience.

Enhancing the Viewing Experience

Customer service at Paramount Plus understands the significance of catering to users who are visually impaired or have hearing difficulties. Closed captions are available, displaying the dialogue as text on the screen, which benefits those who are hard of hearing. For viewers who are visually impaired, audio description tracks provide spoken narration of key visual elements in movies and TV shows. This service describes actions, characters, scene changes, and on-screen text, allowing users to follow along with the plot without needing to see the screen.

Subtitles, not to be confused with closed captions, typically display spoken dialogue but may not include sound effects, which are critical for viewers with hearing impairments. Paramount Plus offers subtitles in English and other languages, ensuring that a wider audience can enjoy their content regardless of language barriers. Users can easily switch these accessibility features on and off using the interface tools such as the speech bubble icon typically found in the video player.

Paramount Plus continues to evolve its platform to meet accessibility standards, recognizing that inclusivity improves the viewing experience for all subscribers. Through these features, Paramount Plus shows its commitment to providing equal access to entertainment.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this section, you’ll find straightforward steps to address issues with disabling audio descriptions on different devices using the Paramount Plus app.

How can I disable the audio narration feature on my Paramount Plus app using TV settings?

To disable audio narration on your TV with the Paramount Plus app, access the audio settings in your app or TV’s menu. Look for the option labeled ‘Audio Description’ and toggle it off.

What are the steps to stop audio narration on Paramount Plus while streaming on an iPhone?

While streaming on an iPhone, tap the speech bubble icon in the upper-right corner during video playback. In the menu that appears, select the audio options and turn off the audio descriptions.

Is there a way to turn off the descriptive audio feature for Paramount Plus on a Roku device?

On a Roku device, press the * button on your remote while playing a video. Find the ‘Audio’ settings and switch off the ‘Audio Description’ option to stop the narration.

How do I remove the audio descriptions from shows when using Paramount Plus on a Firestick?

If you’re using Firestick, press the menu button (three horizontal lines) during playback. Navigate to ‘Audio’ and deselect the ‘Audio Descriptions’ feature.

Can the persistent audio narration be switched off on Paramount Plus for Fire TV?

Yes, similarly to Firestick, press the menu button on your Fire TV remote and access the ‘Audio’ section. There, turn off the ‘Audio Descriptions’ to eliminate the narration.

What should I do if my TV starts narrating programs by itself, especially with Paramount Plus?

This could be due to the ‘Audio Description’ setting being enabled. Check your Paramount Plus app or your TV’s audio settings and ensure the ‘Audio Description’ feature is turned off.