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Screen Reader for an Android TV

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The Screen reader function verbally describes information on your Android TV™ device. This function makes it easier to navigate features such as the program guide and settings screen on your TV.

Before You Start

  • The screen reader function only reads the texts that you can focus or highlight.
  • The screen reader function is available only for some countries and languages. 
    • Check the available languages through the Accessibility settings on the TV. 

  • Only the following preinstalled apps are confirmed to support the screen reader function:
    • Netflix®
    • Prime Video™
    • Vudu®
    • Crackle®
    • YouTube™
    • Google Play™ Movies & TV
  • Only models released in the United States support verbal description for channel changing.

Activate the Screen Reader

There are two ways to activate this function:

  • Use the Accessibility shortcut on the supplied TV remote control: Press and hold the MUTING button for three seconds.

    • The default setting is set to screen reader.
    • This shortcut isn't available during the initial setup.
    • If you want to deactivate this function, press and hold the MUTING button again for three seconds.
  • Use the TV settings:
    1. Press the HOME button.
    2. Select Settings or the Settings icon icon.
      1. Press and hold the up arrow button for three seconds.
      2. Press and hold the right arrow button for two seconds to select Settings.
    3. Select Accessibility.
    4. Select Screen reader.
    5. Select Enable.
    6. Select OK.

Change the Language

  1. Press the HOME button.
  2. Select Settings or the Settings icon icon.
    1. Press and hold the up arrow button for three seconds.
    2. Press and hold the right arrow button for two seconds to select Settings.
  3. Select Accessibility.
  4. Select Text to speech.
  5. Select Engine configuration.
  6. Select Language.
  7. Select your preferred language.
    • The screen reader function works if the language in TV settings matches the language selected in Engine configuration.

Change the Speech Rate

  1. Press the HOME button.
  2. Select Settings or the Settings icon icon.
    1. Press and hold the up arrow button for three seconds.
    2. Press and hold the right arrow button for two seconds to select Settings.
  3. Select Accessibility.
  4. Select Text to speech.
  5. Select Speech rate.
  6. Select your preferred speech rate.

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