Everything you need to enjoy the show.

The new Apple TV was designed with built-in assistive technologies that allow people with disabilities to fully experience television. These powerful yet easy-to-use accessibility features help you spend less time adjusting to your TV and more time enjoying it.

Big-time visual support for the big screen.

For those who are blind or have low vision, the new Apple TV supports a range of features such as VoiceOver, Zoom and Siri to help you take full advantage of all the entertainment your TV has to offer.

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VoiceOver

The new Apple TV supports VoiceOver, Apple’s screen reader. Available in over 30 languages, VoiceOver tells you exactly what’s on your TV screen and helps you choose commands. The tvOS version incorporates many VoiceOver gestures you’re already familiar with — including flicks, taps and the rotor — so using it is easy and intuitive. To activate VoiceOver right out of the box, simply triple-click the Menu button and let Apple TV guide you through the initial setup.

Pronunciation Editor

When using VoiceOver, the Pronunciation Editor allows you to create a list of words or phrases along with the phonetic ways you want them to be pronounced. These words and phrases will then be read aloud with your preferred pronunciation in menus, games, entertainment titles and other text.

Zoom

Zoom is a built-in magnifier that works anywhere in the new Apple TV. With magnification adjustable up to 15 times the native size, Zoom can help users with a range of vision challenges. Use the Siri Remote to turn on Zoom and navigate through magnified content on the screen. Double-click the Siri button to have the focused content spoken to you while Zoom is on.

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Display Accommodations

tvOS lets you choose from a range of colour filters tailored to different forms of colour blindness and other vision challenges. Select one of the common presets, or fine-tune the colour tint and hue to create a screen setting that works for you. Once you set your filter, it applies to everything you see on Apple TV.

Bold Text

Choose Bold Text to make the text easier to read across elements of the Apple TV interface.

Reduce Motion

When you turn on Reduce Motion, some screen actions — such as moving between app icons on the Home screen and launching apps — are visually simpler.

Audio Descriptions

Watch movies with audio descriptions on Apple TV. Movies that are available to rent or buy with audio descriptions are displayed with the AD icon in the iTunes Store.

Siri and Dictation

The Siri Remote allows you to use your voice to bypass onscreen navigation. Ask Siri to perform a wide range of tasks, such as “Find Andy Samberg movies,” “Rewind exactly five minutes,” “Open Netflix” and more. You can also use Dictation to enter text in search fields and sign in to apps with your voice by spelling out your user name and password.

Bluetooth keyboard

Using a Bluetooth keyboard lets you enter information quickly and navigate the Apple TV interface more easily. As you type, VoiceOver echoes each character on the keyboard as you touch it and again when you enter it.1

Accessibility Shortcut

Quickly turn on and off VoiceOver, Zoom, Bold Text and more using the Accessibility Shortcut. Once the shortcut is enabled in Apple TV, you can simply triple-click the Menu button to access your preferred accessibility features.

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Watch without missing a word.

Dialogue, music and sound effects are critical to every onscreen story. If you’re deaf or hearing impaired, we’ve made it easy to experience your favourite TV shows and movies exactly as the director intended.

Closed Caption and SDH Support

Apple TV supports closed captioning, so those who are deaf or hard of hearing can fully enjoy new TV episodes and thousands of movies. Just look for the CC or SDH icon when buying or renting movies or buying TV shows from the iTunes Store. You can even customize captions with different styles and fonts.

Accessibility Shortcut

Quickly turn closed captions on and off using the Accessibility Shortcut. Once the shortcut is enabled in Apple TV, you can simply triple-click the Menu button to access your preferred accessibility features.

More ways to find what you’re looking for.

With powerful assistive technologies like Switch Control, Siri and Dictation, along with support for Bluetooth keyboards, you can easily navigate Apple TV.

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Switch Control with Platform Switching

Switch Control is a powerful accessibility technology for people with limited physical and motor skills. It allows you to navigate sequentially through onscreen items so you can select, tap, drag, type and more, using a variety of Bluetooth-enabled switch hardware. And now with Platform Switching, you can control your Apple TV directly from your iPhone, iPad or Mac, without having to set up your switches on each new device.2

Touch surface sensitivity

Customize the Touch surface on the Siri Remote to match your preferred control style. Set Tracking to Fast to make your smaller thumb movements go farther on the screen. Or Set Tracking to Slow, so your larger movements will move a smaller distance.

Remote app for Switch Control

With the Remote app on your iOS device, Apple TV can be experienced using Switch Control. This feature allows you to navigate sequentially through onscreen items and perform specific actions such as selecting, tapping, dragging, typing and more, using a variety of Bluetooth-enabled switch hardware.

Siri and Dictation

The Siri Remote allows you to use your voice to bypass onscreen navigation. Ask Siri to perform a wide range of tasks, such as “Find Andy Samberg movies,” “Rewind exactly five minutes,” “Open Netflix” and more. You can also use Dictation to enter text in search fields and sign in to apps with your voice by spelling out your user name and password.

Bluetooth keyboard

If navigating Apple TV with gestures is difficult and using Switch Control isn’t an option, a Bluetooth keyboard gives you an alternative way to enter text.1