Netflix’s new series Dark may turn out to be one of the weirdest and most intriguing TV releases of 2017.
The series is Germany’s first Netflix Original, and was written and filmed entirely in German.
However, there’s just one problem: some Netflix users are finding that when they sit down to watch it, they’re getting an English dubbed version instead.
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Anyone watching 'Dark' on Netflix?
Everywhere says it should have subtitles as obviously German but mine has some freaky badly done English dubbed over it? Wtf?
— Hydro-Matt-ic ????? (@iamtherealmatt) December 4, 2017
OK whose idea was to dub #Dark? That was a very dumb idea – I believe @netflix viewers can handle subtitles – especially since it’s such a poorly dubbed English version. L @netflix pic.twitter.com/Z0oZfn3KWo
— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) December 4, 2017
It seems some Netflix accounts are defaulting to the English language version instead, rather than the original audio with subtitles. The same goes for other international Netflix series such as Narcos.
It’s odd – but it’s easy to fix. Here’s how to change the subtitle settings in Netflix and watch all your favourite foreign language shows as they were intended.
How to change the subtitles in Netflix
It’s really easy. Whatever device you’re using, look for the dialogue icon in the playbar at the bottom of the screen.
Tap or click the button to bring up the list of options. For Dark you want to switch the language to German and the subtitles to English (that’s if you’re an English speaker wanting to watch in Dark’s original German obviously).
If you’re going to watch the new show “Dark” on Netflix turn it back to German then put subtitles. You don’t get even half the emotion with the English dub over. #Dark
— Makaiya Blue (@makaiyablue) December 3, 2017
You can also turn on the ‘closed captioning’ (CC) mode if you need more than just dialogue in the subtitles. And, as you can see, there are plenty other languages to choose from.
Some settings menus may vary depending on device. For full details, check out Netflix’s subtitles help page.