S4C extends the appeal of its programmes by providing English subtitles. The subtitles are suitable for non-Welsh speakers, mixed language homes and the deaf and hard of hearing. You can use English subtitles on up to 80% of S4C programmes.
Some programmes are also shown with burnt-in subtitles (BIST), usually repeat showings of popular dramas, as well as other programmes. Subtitles are also available on our on demand service on the web.
Are English Subtitles available for the programme you want to watch?
Check the listings page to see if English subtitles are available.
Decide which system provides your TV services:
- Digital Satellite (Sky or Freesat via dish)
- Digital Terrestrial (Freeview, also via an aerial)
and follow the step-by-step guidelines.
Digital Satellite (Sky)
A short-cut method is to press help which provides an easy option for accessing subtitles and use the arrow buttons to turn the subtitles on. Or...
When the programme is over, follow steps 1-4 until you reach the language and subtitles menu, then press the off button followed by back-up.
Alternatively, press the red button, choose subtitles, and press select to choose the subtitling language.
Digital Satellite (Freesat)
Freesat boxes might vary, therefore please check the manufacturer's instructions if in doubt.
Digital Terrestrial (Freeview)
When the programme is over, press the subtitles button again to cancel subtitles.
To turn subtitles off, repeat steps 1 and press 'subtitles' again.