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TBAGTO
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Terrible Subtitle Fonts

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I watch a lot of anime and one of the main apps I use is the Funimation app. Funimation utilizes Roku’s subtitle and captions settings. Why are all the fonts for subtitles impossible to read? I wish Roku would add a thick border font. I don’t want to add a black background to the text. I try to keep the subtitles from blocking as much of the picture as possible but you cannot read them. Looking online this is a common problem. Come on Roku. Give us a legible font. 

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RokuDanny-R
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Re: Terrible Subtitle Fonts

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@TBAGTO

Thanks for the post.

For more information about that channel's features and functionality, you'll want to contact the channel support directly to inquire further. Many channels on Roku are developed and maintained by the channel provider themselves. 

 

Thanks,
Danny

Danny R.
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RokuDanny-R
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Re: Terrible Subtitle Fonts

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@TBAGTO

Thanks for the post.

For more information about that channel's features and functionality, you'll want to contact the channel support directly to inquire further. Many channels on Roku are developed and maintained by the channel provider themselves. 

 

Thanks,
Danny

Danny R.
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Cheesebread222
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Re: Terrible Subtitle Fonts

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Danny, I have to be honest, this isn't really a solution.  this post was about the build-in Roku app subs, not the individual channel that uses them. 

 

the basic subtitles provided by Roku are, to be quite frank, lacking.  their 'white' option is actually more of a gray, they lack a sufficiently bold font, and the outline is simply too thin.  I myself was also watching something on Funimation last night, and missed several lines because of how unreadable the text can be at times.  And I must echo the sentiment of the previous poster, adding a background simply obscures more of the picture, which is less than desirable. 

 

As a fairly new Roku customer, I've been pleased with almost every other aspect of the device so far (and the few I haven't been pleased with are either due to bad internet connection, which is a problem on my end, or a problem specific to the apps, which is on their end), but the default subtitles that come with the Roku are simply lacking.

 

One last complaint I suppose I have is that they can't be toggled per app, and must be always on or always off.  This is annoying, as I really only need them when watching something in a language other than English, but it's a minor complaint and I can work around it.  the subtitle font problem, though, I fear renders some content simply unwatchable.