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Initial post: Oct 27, 2011 7:53:14 AM PDT
Bookworm says:
I'm looking forward to seeing Kindle Fire in person. However, before I spend moola on it, I would like to know - the movies or tv shows that I download on kindle - will Kindle Fire have the capacity to show the closed captioning or subtitles? This can be a dealbreaker for me as I'm deaf - if Kindle Fire doesn't have this ability, then it's a moot point for me to have it.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 1:32:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2011 1:33:47 PM PDT
I have not seen that feature available on any movies or tv shows I have downloaded. Suggest maybe you call CS or download a movie from the Amazon store and give it a try.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 1:38:27 PM PDT
Don't forget that the Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 1st) is only a 7" screen so any captioning would be difficult to read.

Not the ideal size screen for this in my opinion but each to their own.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 2:01:18 PM PDT
momma says:
We had a tv with SAP (audio) capabilities a (a person would describe visual parts of a movie that a visually impaired person/blind could not see) along with closed captions and it finally quit.
Great options for the deaf and blind.

I haven't heard whether Fire will have SAP or closed captions.
It depends too on whether or not the movie has the feature built in sometimes.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 2:24:26 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
I disagree about the size argument. It's a personal device...nobody's going to be viewing a 7-inch screen from across the room. Since books will be readable on the Fire, subtitles and captioning would be readable if they were included with the video file.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 2:40:35 PM PDT
OK Good point!

Luckily (Don't know how) I have good eyesight but would more than likely find it annoying to read captions on a 7" screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 2:44:28 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
But you're reading text on a 6-inch screen, now.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 3:04:41 PM PDT
No! Actually a 10" netbook screen at the moment.

What am getting at is with captions and a moving background image captions on a 7" screen would be tiresome if not difficult to read.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 3:14:39 PM PDT
P. M. H. says:
Don't know about downloaded movies, but I watch Amazon videos on my tablet/laptop and none of then have closed captioning. Wish they did. I use earphones, and they work for all but a couple of words in British shows. I am hard of hearing, but not deaf.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 3:23:18 PM PDT
C. S. Jones says:
Even Netflix has a small number of titles with captioning and that was only available on a PC.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 7:29:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2011 7:30:20 AM PST
reader56 says:
I'm interested in this question as well since I am hard of hearing and have trouble in many TV shows where they are speaking fast or not quite as distinctly in certain conversations - seemingly the important points. If there is no closed captioning or subtitle option then the streaming would be more frustrating than useful to me.

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 8:20:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2011 8:21:27 AM PST
Georgia Tuss says:
Certainly glad you brought this up. Let us know if you find out anything! In the case of foreign movies, subtitles are the rule on both Amazon and Netflix.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 4:11:11 PM PST
I would like to meet you, Bookworm! I am culturally deaf and is disappointed with the lack of captioning/subtitles on Kindle Fire as well! I just received my Kindle Fire last Friday and I am satisfied with the Fire itself as a reader/app performer and all that with the exception of videos and music (dont care about that section). I would very much love to watch (or should I say re-watch and re-watch) all Star Trek seasons that are available on Fire since I am a Trekkie (ok I am a nerd).

Do you know that there are laws that are being considered by the Congress that require captioning to be provided in ALL formats and devices including the Internet? I can get that information to you if you are interested.

Joseph Holmberg

Posted on Dec 27, 2011 6:42:22 PM PST
I am also deaf and would love to have closed captioning on my kindle fire. Let me know more about the laws and maybe we can contact amazon and let them aware of that fact?


Posted on Dec 27, 2011 6:48:41 PM PST
deannah says:
Interesting post to which I do not have an answer, but, aren't the subtitles handled by the movie or TV show? I have a DVD of "Sarah's Key" which has subtitles as it's in French. I converted it so the Fire would recognize it and had the option to do the subtitles as well. They show up fine on the Fire even with the smaller screen. Hope you find an answer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 6:51:05 PM PST
Joseph, I feel you have the wrong bull by the horns here.

Amazon are only providing the medium to receive these movies and the people to be going after are the makers of them.

Are you going to sue your television maker or broadcaster because the movies they broadcast have no captions?

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 9:37:48 PM PST
Sam73112 says:
FWIW the iPad does offer closed captioning on some of it's products bought through iTunes. However if the Kindle Fire doesn't offer the close captioning capability, it doesn't matter whether or not the films/tv shows have captioning. So I'd like to hear a real answer to the OP's question, which actually seems to evolve into two questions. Does the Kindle Fire have closed caption ability if the film/tv show offers it? Does Amazon offer film/tv shows that have closed captioning?

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 11:37:22 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
Amazon videos do not have captioning, and there is no support for captions in the Fire's Video app.

Netflix does support captioning in many of its titles, and the Netflix app for Android does support them.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 9:17:41 PM PST
tesko says:
For the shows that have cc on my Wii netflix, same shows do not have cc on Fire netflix. I have not not seen one yet with cc on Fire. Kind of a deal breaker for me also but it may get updated soon since Android one was recently upgraded to support cc and subtitles

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 2:37:05 PM PDT
Mary says:
I also have a severe hearing impairment and would love closed captioning capability on Kindle Fire. Would also love for Amazon to go the route Netflix has making most of the material available in cc. It does depend on both the device and the place where the shows come from. I am switching from a 1st generation Roku to Roku 2 for this very reason. Only the Roku 2 supports closed captioning. I have heard HuluPlus offers some to but have not checked it out.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 2:42:50 PM PDT
Hulu plus does on both rokus but not the wii fire or ipod. Netflix does on ipod roku2 fire and wii. No device that ive come across does amazon.
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