The new Apple TV supports VoiceOver, the built-in screen reader from Apple. Available in more than 30 languages in both compact and high-quality format, 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. To activate VoiceOver, simply triple-click the Menu button and let Apple TV guide you through setup.
VoiceOver and Pronunciation Editor
The Pronunciation Editor allows you to create a list of words or phrases and the phonetic ways you want them to be pronounced by VoiceOver. These words and phrases will then be read aloud with your preferred pronunciation in menus, games, entertainment titles and other text.
New Display Accommodations
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.
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 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. 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.
Choose Bold Text to make the text easier to read across elements of the Apple TV interface.
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.
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
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 user name and password.
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.
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
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.
Apple Accessibility Support
Learn more at Apple Accessibility Support
Apple TV User Guide (Tagged HTML)
Learn more with the Apple TV User Guide in tagged HTML
Apple TV User Guide (iBooks)
Open the Apple TV User Guide in the iBooks Store
Join a community of blind and low-vision users of Apple products.
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VIPhone Discussion List
Connect with a community of people using VoiceOver and other Apple products.
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Get information on the use of Apple products by those who are blind or low vision.
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