Apple TV is built with assistive technologies to help everyone enjoy a cinematic experience. VoiceOver can help you navigate menus and works great with a braille display. The Apple TV app and the iTunes Store are full of movies with audio descriptions. And with Siri, you can control Apple TV using just your voice.

VoiceOver Know what’s happening on your screen.

VoiceOver on Apple TV

VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader that lets you enjoy using Apple TV even if you don’t see the screen. Available in more than 35 languages in both compact and high-quality format, VoiceOver tells you exactly what’s on your TV screen and helps you choose commands. Apple TV incorporates many VoiceOver gestures you’re already familiar with — including flicks, taps and the rotor — and supports standard VoiceOver commands from connected Bluetooth® keyboards. To activate VoiceOver, simply triple-click the Menu button and let Apple TV guide you through setup.

VoiceOver Hear it the way you say it with the Pronunciation Editor.

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

VoiceOver on Apple TV

VoiceOver Use a braille display to edit text or navigate.

Apple TV supports over 80 international braille tables and is compatible with more than 70 refreshable braille displays, which can deliver text for what you’re currently focused on onscreen — like buttons and movie titles. As you move around, VoiceOver speaks aloud and the braille display translates the text. Braille display buttons also map to VoiceOver commands and support basic navigation throughout Apple TV.

Display Accommodations Choose the filter that’s right for you.

Colour Filters on Apple TV

There are 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.

Colour Filters on Apple TV

Increase Contrast Make everything stand out.

Increase contrast on the screen by reducing the transparency of background elements on Movie and TV Show pages, menu tabs and more. You can also turn on a high-contrast cursor to better delineate the focused content.

Zoom Make your screen up to 15 times bigger.

Zoom is a built-in magnifier that works anywhere in Apple TV. With magnification adjustable up to 15 times the native size, Zoom can help users with a range of vision challenges. Now with enhanced controls that allow you to more precisely focus on the content you’re looking for, use the Siri Remote to turn on Zoom and seamlessly navigate through magnified content on the screen. Tap the remote Touch surface with two fingers, then drag to pan freely around the screen. Double-click the Siri button to have the focused content spoken to you while Zoom is on.

Bold Text Make text clearer and more prominent.

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

Appearance Different modes for different moods.

Choose the light background to make posters and icons stand out more clearly. Or select the dark background and make watching TV at home feel more like going to the movies.

Reduce Motion Decrease the movement of onscreen elements.

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.

Siri and Dictation All you have to do is ask.

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.1 You can also use Dictation to enter text in search fields and sign in to apps with your voice by spelling out your username and password.

Audio Descriptions Hear the details in every scene.

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 Apple TV app and the iTunes Store.

Apple TV also lets VoiceOver users access closed caption and subtitle tracks audibly or through a braille display.

Bluetooth Keyboard Navigate Apple TV faster with a 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.2

Accessibility Shortcut Get quick access to your favourite features.

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.



External Resources

Join a community of Apple product users who are blind or have low vision.

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VIPhone Discussion List

Connect with a community of people using VoiceOver and other Apple products.

Learn more about VIPhone Discussion List

Mac-cessibility Network

Get information on the use of Apple products by those who are blind or have low vision.

Learn more about Mac-cessibility Network

Enable accessibility features on Apple TV.

  1. Open Settings and select General.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Select the features you want to use.

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