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to be shocked by subtitles?

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riskit4abiskit Sun 03-Nov-13 11:47:40

I am not hard of hearing but I have a young baby who feeds very noisily, cries loudly and a husband whose sleep needs to be undisturbed as he is doing 12hr shifts at the moment.
Therefore I have been having the volume on the tv low and subtitles on.

I have been shocked by how crap they are. On live programmes I can understand the difficulty of accurate typing, although there are many mistakes. On prerecorded tv, for example I am watching atlantis, there is a lag so that the dialogue is considerably behind the action.

It makes me have sympathy for those who unlike me may depend on this service. So..with technology as fab as it is, AIBU to expect this service to be better?

ZingWantsCake Sun 03-Nov-13 13:27:59

I always have subtitles on - I can't always understand certain accents.

we laugh so much at the live ones - especially when there are things like tits or cock!grin

Tanith Sun 03-Nov-13 14:37:16

Yanbu sad

I have struggled with them for years. Channel 4 News is surreal in its awfulness! It can produce some real comedy, though smile
I think the BBC are the best.

I really cannot see why they are so bad in this day and age - and it's shocking that some programmes and films still do not have subtitles. I can understand the older ones, but it's inexcusable in the newer ones.

RubberBullets Sun 03-Nov-13 14:44:52

I'm another that relies on them. I got stopped not long back by someone trying to flog me Sky. I told him that there was no way I would get Sky as their subtitling is appalling. My parents have it and most of the channels that are Sky only don't have subtitles. Why would I pay for channels I can't watch?

jeanmiguelfangio Sun 03-Nov-13 16:01:46

We have the subtitles on for the same reason OP and I completely agree!! They are rubbish, I was watching the Simpsons today and they actually made up sentences for the subtitles that were completely different from what they were saying!!
I always wonder how those who are hard of hearing or deaf know what songs sound like. I was watching a programme and for example music will come on and the titles say the name of the song- how is that helpful!!

RubberBullets Sun 03-Nov-13 16:10:15

Sometimes music is properly subtitled, it is just like karaoke grin

HorryIsUpduffed Sun 03-Nov-13 16:26:48

I don't/can't watch unsubtitled programmes, and now DH is so used to them he struggles without too blush

They vary, let's be honest. Sometimes it's like the subtitler hasn't even been given a cast list, so they don't give the characters' names properly when they're referred to or addressed. That's bloody confusing.

MrsCakesPremonition Sun 03-Nov-13 16:53:49

I have also been developing a bit of an addiction to the audio description facility. It is very soothing.

GobbySadcase Sun 03-Nov-13 17:25:37

Yeah, I generally need them. They're shite.
Mind you at least they bother. The Discovery channels don't.

BurlyShassey Sun 03-Nov-13 18:32:51

YANBU. we need them here too. also that when the st aren't moved to a differentpart of the screen when a title (someones name and whatth ey do for example) comes on the screen and the st's hide it!

some AREbizzare though,an d agree, why they missout lines altogether hen here prerecorded?

ad some channels don't have st's at all?

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