06-25-2012 06:37 AM - edited 06-25-2012 07:09 AM
If using a cable box with an HDMI cable then captions are decoded by the box -- the caption data is not passed on to the TV. See http://captionmax.com/blog/2010/08/hdmi-and-the-mi
06-25-2012 03:39 PM - edited 06-25-2012 03:39 PM
There seems to be no easy way. Help?!
Steps to enable and disable CC on Comcast STBs:
Motorola HD Set-Top Boxes
If you have a Scientific Atlanta or Cisco branded cable box:
The on-screen guide has a subtitle menu screen that will allow you to enable subtitles (closed captioning) through the set top box.
The on-screen menu will enable Subtitles on only the following HD set tops including HD/DVR's when the cable box is connected using HDMI or component cables:
TV User Settings
The user settings on your TV may also need to be adjusted in addition to the settings on your set-top box. This allows you to set up closed captioning.
To access user settings, turn OFF your set-top box; it will remain in standby mode.
12-29-2012 10:22 PM
I recently swapped out my old Comcast HD-DVR box (which was about five years old) with Comcast's latest HD-DVR box (as of December 2012). I hooked up my Sony Bravia TV to the HD-DVR box via the HDMI cable and the closed captioning button on my Sony remote wouldn't work. I unhooked the HDMI cable and hooked up the analog RCA video/audio cables to the component input on my television. Using this input, I could get the Sony remote to activate the closed captioning on the non-HD channels but not on the HD channels. Leaving the RCA cables in place, I re-hooked up the HDMI cable from the HD-DVR box to the HDMI input on the TV. If I select the HDMI input from the Sony remote, the closed captioning doesn't work on any channels. If I select the component input from the Sony remote, the closed captioning works on all channels. You have to have the HDMI cable connected from the box to your TV, you have to have the RCA video/audio cables (there are five RCA plugs, three for video and two for audio) hooked up from the box to the TV component input, and you have to select the component input and watch TV from that input if you want to use the closed captioning you're used to seeing. It sounds complicated but once you have it hooked up, it's just a matter of changing your video input when you want to see closed captioning. I'm Larry Gentry on facebook if you need help.
12-30-2012 09:24 AM
On Motorola-based boxes updated to A30 software, you an now turn CC on and off from the main menu, and change the CC background between black and clear. More detailed settings still require the power-off/MENU method if you want to change fonts, color, etc...
01-08-2013 03:45 PM
The software on my Motorola DCH3416 is ver: 78.53-A28p0-4.1005.r-8. I called Comcast and asked about A30 software. Was unable to get a satisfactory answer. Is this A30 software available nationwide or just in certain areas? Do I have to ask for it or is it an automatic upgrade?
01-08-2013 06:57 PM
Your box will be updated automatically when they make it available in your area. They roll it out slowly at first as other back-end features may need updating first.
04-16-2013 12:24 AM
yea there is no "easy" way, like a button on the remote (you know like the CC button on ALL my TV remotes).
PLEASE COMCAST add the feature as a button that is available on almost any tv remote.
Also please forward the CC signal to the TV so my TV can do it natively (and better)
The "switch off box - enable cc" feature is ridiculous, and the "subtitle menu" is not reachable while watching on-demand shows (or enlighten me how).
Sometimes i just want to enable cc for a few sentences but it's soo hard to use.
And btw, it's not just for people who don't hear, i use it to understand some UK English shows.
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