Support closed captions on Android/Chromecast
I have just discovered that for streams containing embedded closed captions (NOT via a Twitch extension), there is no way to display the closed captions when playing the stream on Android or when casting to a Chromecast.
I think it's great that Twitch has added captions support in the first place, but all of it is for nothing if someone who relies on captions is watching on the app or Chromecast.
To be extra clear, I am not talking about caption extensions - those show up in the app, but many streamers use proper embedded captions which seem to only be available in the browser player.
The app really should support displaying captions over the video similar to YouTube, and Chromecast definitely also can show captions so it should be supported there too.
I contacted Twitch support about enabling captions on Android/Chromecast and the only responses I have gotten are links to the help articles about captions and extensions. None of the help articles show how to enable captions on Android or Chromecast, so I have to assume it just isn't supported.
It has been 5 years since this was suggested but I want to add my support. There are extensions that add captions but I have never seen more than 10 streamers on the entire platform add them. This makes the appeal of Twitch to Deaf & Hard of Hearing users very low. Twitch should consider integrating these optional speech-to-text captioning extensions directly into twitch and support it as a first class feature within the website, mobile apps, and TV apps such as Chromecast, roku, Tizen, etc so that auto-captions can be turned on at will across the platform.
It is extremely frustrating to watch streams and be struggling to understand what is being said, but Knowing that there are captions available. I just am not granted access to them, for no discernable reason, because I am watching on the IOS app. Twitch streams are very prone to crosstalk which captions help with greatly. I have even considered unsubscribing from some channels because I can't watch them on twitch, so I may as well save money and wait to watch on YouTube with captions.
I would love to watch my friends on mobile instead of being restricted to desktop. Please fix this, Twitch
I would love for this feature to be available but seeing that this idea is almost a year old gives me no hope
It would be great if this could be corrected
I came to twitch to watch streams, but he's right it's not worth having an account if you can't hear or understand what anyone is saying without closed captions/ subtitles. But when casting to chromecast/smart tvs there is no way to get them up. 😕
Pushing for this to be resolved as well. People relying on subtitles for accessibility or ease of use should not have to compromise. Device agnosticism should be the rule :)
When I play twitch content directly on my phone, I can turn on captions via the menu. When I cast the same twitch content to my Chromecast, the captions are no longer there, and the caption option is missing from the menu.
It's an important accessibility feature to have captions available while casting via Chromecast. It helps people who are hard of hearing and people with ADD. It also helps when streamers mumble.
Please, please, please fix this. I'd love to watch things on my tv via my chromecast.
Currently my only option is to watch via opening the stream on my laptop and connecting it to my tv with an HDMI cable, which is a lot of effort to go to compared to what should happen- I stream via the twitch app to my tv, and turn on captions.
I would also like to see this accessibility option dealt with!! :)
John Andre Fernando commented
For people deaf need know to close captions on twitch app and PS4 too that is idea! It’s helpful
I support the introduction of subtitles on both the mobile and desktop app.
Lucas Davies commented
See title. Seems like the mobile app on Android doesn't have closed captioning. I would like to use the app if you can implement closed captioning capability to it. I am deaf and I wanted to watch Bob Ross paintings his happy little trees.