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Can I watch NOW with subtitles?

We know subtitles are an important part of the TV experience for many of our members, and we’ve worked hard to increase the amount of subtitles across NOW Membership types and devices.

  • Cinema Membership – 1000s of on demand movies now come with subtitles. All new movies added will also have subtitles available.
  • Entertainment Membership – 100s of on demand shows have subtitles available, and all new shows added will come with subtitles, where available. We’ll be adding subtitles to more shows on the Entertainment Membership back catalogue soon too.
  • NOW Smart Stick and Box apps – You can also view subtitles on apps including BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Netflix and YouTube.

How do I know if subtitles are available?

For now only selected on demand movies and shows have subtitles available – but we're adding more every day. If you see an S symbol in the show information, then subtitles are available.

Look for the


Subtitles are available on all supported devices, except for the BT TV Box and YouView box.

Keep in mindOn some devices, you might need to update to the latest software version in order to watch with subtitles.

Cinema Membership

Subtitles are available for over 1000 on-demand movies, and all new movies added to the service will have subtitles.

Entertainment Membership

Hundreds of on-demand shows have subtitles available at the moment.

We'll be adding subtitles to even more of our shows in the future. Keep an eye on this page for updates.

Turning on subtitles for all available shows and movies (see above) will also enable subtitles on many of the catch-up apps on your NOW device, including:

  • BBC iPlayer
  • ITV Hub
  • All 4
  • Demand 5
  • Netflix
  • YouTube

Keep in mindAlthough subtitles are available on many of the catch-up apps on the NOW Smart Stick and Box, these aren’t supplied by NOW and we can’t guarantee that all shows will have subtitles available.

Got a NOW Smart Stick or Box? Just start watching the movie or show, and press the star (*) button on your NOW remote. 

Alternatively, use the arrow buttons on your NOW remote to select the speech bubble symbol in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Select the speech bubble symbol to turn on subtitles for a show or movie

If you're watching NOW on a Samsung TV, EE TV, Playstation, Xbox One or Apple TV, just select the speech bubble symbol using either your console or TV remote.

Keep in mind On a PS4, Xbox One, LG TV or Samsung TV, subtitles will be switched on for all shows and movies until you exit the NOW app. On other devices, subtitles might be switched off when you watch a different show or movie.

Some devices have a setting to turn on subtitles to display automatically whenever they’re available.

On a NOW Smart Stick or NOW Box

  1. Go to your homescreen and select Settings from the main menu.
  2. Select Subtitles, and then select On
  3. You’ll see a tick to indicate subtitles are now turned on for all available movies and shows.

You can also turn on subtitles for all available shows on the devices below. Just look for the Subtitles setting on the main menu.

  • PS4
  • XBox One
  • EE TV
  • LG TV
  • Samsung TV

We're aware of an issue where subtitles are appearing on some iOS devices automatically. To turn subtitles off for all movies and shows on your iPhone or iPad, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings, then General.
  2. Select Accessibility, and then Subtitles and Captioning.
  3. Switch off the Closed Captions + SDH setting.

If you can't see the option to turn on subtitles on your iOS or android device, you might need to update to the latest version of the NOW app first.

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