Below are some details around how to use audio description on SBS.
How do I turn on audio description?
Audiences can enable audio description for SBS and SBS VICELAND on their television or set top box by updating their audio language settings. These settings can be changed by selecting AUS (Australian) or ‘Unknown’ instead of ENG (English) as the secondary audio language setting, by using your TV’s remote control and on-screen menu options.
Remote control buttons and menu selections vary by television brand and model. Please check your device manual for further information regarding your equipment. SBS has also provided instructions for a number of key models. Download instructions on how to set up audio description in either PDF format or Microsoft Word format.
Please be aware that for some TVs and set top boxes, the setting change to turn on audio description may not persist after the device is switched off, or if the channel is changed from SBS or SBS VICELAND. You may be required to update your settings again if you experience this problem.
How do I turn off audio description?
Please refer to the instructions above for changing the 'language' section on your television.
What if my TV cannot receive audio description?
Some older devices (manufactured before 2014) may not support selection of a second audio language. A set top box capable of receiving audio description may be required to connect to your existing TV.
How will I know when the program with audio description is starting?
An audio chime will sound alerting audiences to audio description being provided for a program about to be broadcast. There will also be an on-screen notification indicating a program is audio described.