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Amazon Fire TV gets Text Banner for viewers with impaired vision

Amazon is rolling out an accessibility feature for its Fire TV users. Called ‘Text Banner’, this new feature is designed for viewers with a narrow field of vision or eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.

The feature essentially consolidates onscreen text into a compact text banner that appears in a fixed location on the screen. A screenshot (below) shared by Amazon shows the text banner configured to appear in the lower-left corner of the screen, with white text on a blue background, and blue focus indicator.

As per Amazon, the Text Banner feature works on the entire Fire TV interface, Prime Video app, as well as supported third-party apps. To enable this feature, users will need to head over to Settings -> Accessibility -> Text Banner. Here, one will be able to customize the user experience by selecting the banner size, placement, font size, color, duration, and more.

Text Banner is the latest in a host of accessibility features available for Fire TV users. Other options include VoiceView, Closed Captions, Screen Magnifier, and High Contrast Text. As the name suggests, VoiceView speaks on-screen text out loud as you navigate menu options and Settings. Closed Captions are basically subtitles that can be enabled during video playback to display on-screen text for the dialog in movies and TV shows. Lastly, Amazon says that High Contrast Text is an experimental feature designed to make on-screen text easier to read. To help viewers, most of the on-screen text is changed to black or white with added borders in the opposite color.

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