You can get subtitles with most digital boxes and TVs. Most television programmes are subtitled, but this varies according to the broadcaster. The BBC, for example, is committed to subtitling 100% of its programmes. The 2003 Communication Act set a legal framework for subtitling requirements and the regulator Ofcom stipulates what each channel must do.
To get subtitles, press the Subtitles button (may also be shown as SUB – check the user manual) on the remote control of your digital box or TV. Press the Menu button and then follow the on-screen options until you reach options for language and subtitles. The exact process for doing this on your equipment may vary. Check the instructions that came with it to find out how to turn subtitles on.
For more information on subtitling please call Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID) on 0808 808 0123 or visit the website at http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/.