Roku has made watching Tv easy and affordable. It is the best Tv for your entertainment because you can watch your favorite shows, Tv series, and even play and stream games all without much cost.
It is easy to use, with Roku Tv, you can even streamline your setup or replace your cable equipment in order to enjoy your favorite shows for lesser money.
If your Roku Tv player is talking back to you, this article highlights steps to stop that and possible causes so you can prevent them and avoid a reoccurrence.
Why is my Roku Tv talking to me?
One of the reasons your Roku Tv talking to you is that you have enabled the “Screen Reader Feature” which is a feature for visually impaired people to enable them access Roku; it was formerly known as Audio guide before Its name was changed to screen reader.
If this feature is activated it speaks out loud and reads texts and descriptions from Roku user interface , including apps. It is a good feature for visually impaired people but for a normal person it’s quite annoying.
You might have turned it on by accident; this is possible because simply pressing the options button four times will enable the screen reader feature. A screen -reader – on will show on the scene normally, but you may not see the pop up, so when Roku talks back to you , you get surprised. If it continues for a long time, it begins to annoy you.
It’s quite easy to turn this feature off so you don’t have to panic. To turn it off follow these steps:
- Press the options/ asterisk button four times in a row again to turn it off.
Tip: This shortcut becomes permanent when used, so you have to be careful when pressing the remote to avoid future reoccurrence.
- Disable screen reader by going to Roku’s accessibility menu. Simply go to Settings from the Home menu > go to Accessibility > go to Screen Reader > then Off.
If these two steps does not stop your Roku tv from talking to you, then it’s possible your Tv is set in the descriptive audio mode.
If you are watching a movie or a show and you hear audio describing the scene, then the descriptive audio mode has been enabled. This is a separate accessibility feature and it’s usually a default setting from apps you’ve installed like Hulu, Netflix, HBO max, etc., to narrate descriptive information about scenes in addition to the scene effects and track.
Descriptive audio can still work if you turn screen reader off that’s why you have to disable it separately from the streaming app.
To disable from these apps, follow the steps:
- Hulu: Press the up button on Roku remote > Settings; then go to Audio section to change the language to a language without audio description.
- Netflix: Use the up button to view language options > change from English – Audio description to a language without one.
- HBO max: Use the star button on your remote to navigate to Settings > Accessibility and captions > Audio track > Choose the language without a descriptive audio which you can see at the top of the screen.
- Apple Tv: Select the gear shaped settings icon at the top of Apple Tv home screen. Choose accessibility > Audio description > Off.
- If you are using a cable Tv, turn off cable network’s secondary Audio programming. Example Spectrum Tv; use remote to go to settings > Preferences > Audio Language.
This steps will help you successfully stop your Roku tv from talking to you. Enjoying your Tv shows without any glitch is the prayer of every user. So follow these steps to fix the issue and go ahead to enjoy premium content on your Roku Tv.
This article was first published on July 2, 2022 6:02 p.m. WAT