Signing for deaf people on C4 via Freeview

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  1. cebs_uk

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    Hi

    During last nights East is East and now during Hollyoaks there has been someone signing away in the bottom corner.

    No settings have been changed in the menus and I can't find any related to this anyway, if i change to 4 without the freeview the man/women is gone but I am stuck with a letterbox picture.

    If anyone is getting this could they let me know and if anyone knows how to get round it please let us all know.

    Maybe its a special weekend on C4 but there is no info on their website.

    Thanks in advance

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    There's been signing on a lot of C4 freeview programmes for as long as I have had the box. I actually came on here to see if it bugged anyone else because I think it's bloody annoying, especially during films like East is East.

    There's subtitles for the deaf why do they enforce signing on everyone else?
     
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    Pardon...
     
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    Seriously though, it's a great service to offer but you should be able to turn it on/off..!
     
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    My TV is only used as a monitor but this annoying signing person was on both Freeview and Telewest digital. Thankfully my VCR is tuned to the analogue stations so it was brought out of semi-retirement.

    I wouldn't want to alienate the deaf community as this could have been of benefit to them, but it seems excessive to inflict a DOG taking up a massive part of the screen on everyone.

    I don't know whether interactive facilities could deal with this sort of thing in the future. However, come analogue switch off I expect C4 couldn't get away with keeping the signing like this. The advertisers wouldn't be happy if a couple of million viewers chose to switch off despite thousands of extra deaf viewers.
     
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    Thanks for all the posts, glad it is not just my kit acting up.

    I agree in that it is very useful for deaf people but how hard would it be to include an option to turn it off.

    I bought my freeview to get a good anamorphic image and I lose that once I change back to the rf pass through.

    I take it that C4 on sky doesn't have this problem so why should freeview?

    Also is there a pattern to the programs that it is on?

    I presume that ER and friends won't be affected but then again East is East was a big film to show with the signing.

    As long as they leave NYPD Blue and OZ/Homicide alone if they ever show the last two again I will survive !!!
     
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    But as I've pointed out all TV stations have provided a similar service for the deaf or hard of hearing fo years, they are called subtitles and can be switched and on and off even more easily on Freeview.
     

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