Accessibility

Our TV access features

We want everybody to enjoy their favourite things on TV, whether it's a movie, live sports or the news.

We've put a lot of time and money into making our TV access services as useful as they can be.

We have subtitles and audio description on as many channels as possible on our TV service. And we show many thousands of hours of subtitled, audio described and signed programmes every year.

All these features are available on our V HD and V+ boxes. And if you're lucky enough to have our TiVo® service, you'll be able to use those features (and others) even more quickly and easily. Read on and we'll show you how.

 

Using Virgin TV

We hope that one day everything you watch on Virgin TV will have a subtitles option.

At the moment, all channels with an audience share above a certain number must offer subtitles for their programmes. (That's the rule according to the broadcast industry watchdog, Ofcom.)

The amount of subtitling varies widely across channels, but many broadcasters do much more than they have to.

We promise that whenever subtitles are made available by a broadcaster, you'll be able to see them on Virgin TV.

How to turn on your subtitles

On your Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® box

The easiest way to turn on subtitles on your Virgin TV V6 andTiVo® box is to press the 'Subtitles' button on your remote.

You can also turn subtitles on through your Virgin TV V6 andTiVo® box's menu:

  1. Press Home on your Virgin TV V6 andTiVo® remote.
  2. Go down to Help & Settings, press the Right arrow and go to Settings.
  3. Now go down to Displays, then press the Right arrow button or OK.
  4. Go down to Subtitling and press OK on your remote.
  5. Press the Right arrow to turn subtitles on or off.
On your V+ or V HD box
  1. Press Guide on your remote control to bring up the mini guide.
  2. Press the blue key on the remote control. This turns on subtitles for all channels.
  3. To turn them off again, just repeat steps 1 and 2.

If you can't see your screen very well, audio description will transform the way you watch TV.

A voice tells you what's happening in the programme you're watching. You'll never miss important things like facial expressions, body language and movements on screen - because they're all described in detail.

Broadcasters only provide audio description for certain programmes. But whenever it's available we'll make sure you can hear it.

How to turn on audio description

On your Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® box
  1. Press the Info button on your remote control to bring up the Info banner.
  2. Press the down arrow twice to go to Audio description.
  3. Press OK to turn audio description on or off.
On your V+ or V HD box
  1. Press the Home button on your remote control and select Settings.
  2. From the Settings menu, choose Change display & audio settings.
  3. The Audio Description When Available option can be turned on and off.
  4. Press OK to say yes to the new settings and go back to the previous menu.

Note: Some TV stations have separate channels that broadcast with audio description. Just grab your remote and enter the numbers of the channel you want to watch.

  • For BBC1, tap in 851
  • For BBC2, tap in 852
  • For ITV, tap in 853
  • For Channel 4, tap in 854
  • For Channel 5, tap in 855

Signed programmes have a presenter using British Sign Language to interpret what people are saying on your screen.

Broadcasters provide these shows themselves, but Virgin Media will always show signed content when it's available.

Signed programmes appear on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 but, since 2009, they've almost disappeared from many digital channels.

This is because many of the multi-channel broadcasters joined to create the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust. Its role is to work with the deaf community to increase the number of dedicated signed programmes on TV. So, although there are fewer channels showing signed content, the number of hours of programming has probably increased.

On Virgin TV, you can find the BSL Zone on the Community Channel (233) or Film 4 (428) . Shows start on the Community Channel at 2:00pm on Tuesdays, 7:30pm on Thursdays and 7:30am on Saturdays. On Film 4, shows start at 8am on Mondays. For more details, visit the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust website.

If you're a Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® service customer, go to our dedicated Signing Zone collection.

Find the Signing Zone collection on your Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® box
  1. Press Home on your remote control.
  2. Choose Search & Browse and press OK.
  3. Now select Browse TV & Collections and press OK.
  4. Select Collections and press OK.
  5. Use the arrow buttons to find the 'Signing Zone' collection and press OK.
  6. Choose the show you want to watch and press OK.
  7. You can then see when the next episode is on, set up a Series Link and see more shows like the one you've watched.
  8. To set a Series Link so your box records every upcoming episode, choose Get this show followed by Get a Series Link.

Our Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® service has access features, including audio description, subtitles and signed content. We've made these features easy to find and use. It's another reason why we think it's the best way to watch TV, ever.

Accessibility features can be found from the main Settings menu or the Info Banner. There's also a Subtitles button on your Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® remote.

Using the Info Banner

Press the Info button on your Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® remote to bring up the Info Banner. Then use the arrow buttons to choose one of the options below.

Subtitles

Use this option to turn subtitles on or off. If subtitles aren't available for a programme, the icon will be dimmed.

Audio description

Use this setting to turn audio description on or off. If the icon's dimmed, audio description is unavailable.

Using the Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® service's audio cues

If you have difficulty seeing your screen, Virgin TV V6 and TiVo®'s 'audio cues' might help you find your way around your menus. These are sounds that show actions and reactions to button presses on the remote control.

There are five main audio cues:

  • A tone that starts low and goes higher - this means you've moved forward into the next menu.
  • A tone that starts high and goes lower - this sounds means you pressed BACK or returned to the previous menu.
  • A single tone - this sound means you've pressed a button when moving around the TV guide.
  • A deep tone - you'll hear this sound when you've tried to carry out an action that isn't available.

Our high contrast Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® box remote is available to all our customers with accessibility needs who may benefit from it.

All Virgin TV V6 and TiVo® remotes offer the following features:

  • Buttons of different shapes to make using them easier.
  • Curved sides so you know which way it's facing.
  • A raised indicator on the 5 button.
  • Audio feedback cues on the TV.
  • Audio description available.

Want to use the app as a remote control for you TiVo® box? You can.

Once you’re all set up on the app, you can use TV Anywhere on your chosen device to change channels, find out more about what you’re watching, plus pause, rewind and fast forward TV too.

You can only use the app as a remote control when your device is connected to the same home network as your TiVo box. If you’re out and about you’ll see the remote icon has an exclamation mark or an orange ‘x’ over it.

Click here to find out more.

If you struggle with the programme guide on your TiVo®, let our amazing Virgin TV Anywhere app do the work for you.

It can help you discover new shows, manage your recordings and use your device as a remote control.

It also works with many of the access functions of your mobile phone, like VoiceOver, TalkBack, zoom, inverted colours and large text.

To download the app, open up the App Store on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad or open Google Play on your Android mobile or tablet or the Amazon Appstore on your Kindle Fire Phone or Kindle Fire and search for 'Virgin TV Anywhere'.

How to use the app on your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone

  1. If you already use your phone's accessibility functions, you can skip to step 4. If not, open the Settings app on your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone's home screen.
  2. Select General from the Settings menu, followed by Accessibility.
  3. Now turn on the functions you'd like to use, such as VoiceOver, large text, zoom, inverted colours etc.
  4. Now go to your home screen and open the TV Anywhere app.
  5. Enter the username and password you use to sign in to My Virgin Media. Forgotten your username or password?
  6. The app will now work with all the features you turned on in the settings menu. Enjoy!

How to use the app on your Android mobile or tablet

  1. If you already use your phone's accessibility functions, you can skip to step 4. If not, open the Settings app on your Android mobile or tablet home screen.
  2. Select the Settings menu, followed by Accessibility (sometimes under My Device).
  3. Now turn on the functions you'd like to use, such as TalkBack, Explore by Touch, Font Size, Colour adjustment etc
  4. Now go to your home screen and open the TV Anywhere app.
  5. Enter the username and password you use to sign in to My Virgin Media. Forgotten your username or password?
  6. The app will now work with all the features you turned on in the settings menu. Enjoy!

 

Contact us

Broadband, TV and Phone Customers

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If you want to contact us using our Text Relay Service, call our Text Relay freephone number 18001 0800 052 2164

Or ring us from any other phone:

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Or ring us on 0345 6000 789** from any other phone.

Call from a textphone

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Video Relay Service

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Saturday and Sunday 9am until 4pm

Contact us through a sign language interpreter

 

The legal stuff

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** Please note that standard charges apply. Please check with your network operator for rates.

 


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