ITV has confirmed all episodes of Love Island will carry the option of subtitles on ITV2 and on demand on the ITV Hub.


The broadcaster received some complaints last night after Tasha Ghouri announced to her fellow islanders that she was born completely deaf, and wears a cochlear implant to help her hear. As Tasha's moment was rightly celebrated, others pondered why Love Island didn't have subtitling options available to them during the broadcast.

The good news for those that need subtitles is that they are available via the ITV Hub, though this isn't available for live broadcasts at the moment.

At the time of writing, ITV provides subtitles for catch-up programmes on the following services:

  • Android mobile and tablets
  • Apple mobile and tablets
  • Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers
  • Freeview Play on newer smart TVs
  • Freesat G3 boxes
  • Amazon Fire
  • Apple TV
  • Now TV
  • X-Box
  • Roku sticks
  • Samsung smart TVs (2017 onwards)
  • Chromecast
  • Sky Glass
  • Download on mobile

In even better news, ITV has confirmed its intention to have subtitles available on every Hub platform as a priority and hopes this work will have a significant update via the broadcaster's accessibility page within the next 12 months. ITV further confirmed to a Twitter user that it hopes to have subtitling available for live-streamed shows in the future, too.

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Read on for more information on how to turn subtitles on.

How to get subtitles on ITV Hub

If you're using the ITV Hub on any of the above services, turning subtitles on couldn't be easier when watching catch-up.

Simply look out for the S symbol which should appear in the bottom right-hand corner - see below.

ITV subtitle demonstration
ITV Hub has a subtitle option, seen in the red ring

Click on that S and you should have subtitles for the rest of the programme.

Unfortunately, this only works on catch-up programmes, but the broadcaster has announced it is looking for an option to have live subtitles in the future.

Around 90 per cent of all programming on the ITV Hub has subtitles, with ITV dedicated to getting this to 100 per cent.

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