Enable or Disable Audio Description Commentary


When viewing BBC1 HD on Freesat, many programmes have a voice-over which I understand is for the partially sighted. Is there any way to switch this off?

Submitted by Austin Reynolds


Our Answer

What you’re referring to is called Audio Description, and as you say, is a service for the blind or partially-sighted. Audio Description provides a commentary of the on-screen action, for example “Chuck leaves the room following Sarah”.

The service is available on many TV programmes, and is provided by the broadcaster. It’s not offered on all channels, and it’s not available on all equipment.


Turning Audio Description off and on

By default, TV sets and set-top boxes have audio description turned off. If you have a receiver that supports Audio Description, there will be a way to enable this service from one of the on-screen menus.

Each TV set and set-top box is different, and so without knowing the make and model, we can’t give precise advice on how to turn it off for every single make and model of digital TV equipment, although we’ll try to help with some general guidance.

If you’re not sure how to turn Audio Description on or off, then the first place to try should be the TV manual. Alternatively, you can try to find the option from the on-screen menus. Try looking under “Language”, “Subtitles”, “Audio” or “Sound” in the Settings menu.

Here is some information on how to turn on or off Audio Description on some common equipment

Freesat Receivers: On some boxes, try Menu > Settings > Language. You may find the “Audio Description” option there, with an option to “Enable” or “Disable”

Sky+ HD Box: Press Services, scroll to “Options”. Select “Subtitles”. Here, you’ll find “Audio Description On/Off”. Change as appropriate, and press the Green button on the remote to save

Basic Sky box / Older Sky+ box: Press “Services”. Select “System Set Up”. Select “Language and Subtitles”. Adjust the “Narrative” options as required, then move to “Save New Settings” and press Select

Help us to update this section. If you know how to enable or disable the Audio Description commentary on a digital TV set-top box or TV set that we’ve not listed here, please add a comment below.

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7 Responses to Enable or Disable Audio Description Commentary

  1. moody says:

    how do i turn off audio description on videotron recivers please answer as soon as possoble

    • TV Answers says:

      Check the on-screen menu and look for a setting to disable this. Alternatively, check the manual. If you have no luck, please state the exact model number you need help with.

  2. Jacob says:

    does anyone know how to turn it off on ps3 play tv? cheers thank you jacob

  3. Tony says:

    I have a LOGIC TV set and have tried unsuccessfully to disable the audio commentary. The descriptions are all in Spanish which does not help. Can you assist please?

  4. jeffrey way says:

    we have freesat HD with a goodmans controller, we think the dog jumped on it the we had audio on some films . I pressed audio it came up with -english and -english AD which was highlighted ,I moved the highlight to -english pressed exit and the problem was cured

  5. Stephen P Jackson says:

    HI I have a goodmans sat box.
    The hand set is broken so cannot use the audio button
    I have an one for all hand set
    I can go into menu, settings, and see no way to change the setting
    If I go to menu language i get audio language or subtitle language.
    I can chose the language used but no setting for turning off the commentary

  6. Roy says:

    I have a curtis lcd3957 and cannot find anything in the menus for enable/disable commentary.

    I would appreciate help.

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