Verizon Fios, Now With Talking Set-Top Boxes For The Blind

I don’t know how new this development is or isn’t, but whenever more people get access to blind guy cable boxes it’s good news worth mentioning. Hello, Canadian companies. I’m still waiting over here.

Verizon offers Text to Speech functionality for the Fios TV on-screen guide to enhance accessibility for visually impaired customers. The Text to Speech feature provides audible voice read out of on-screen text, such as menu and guide data. This feature can be enabled or disabled via the on-screen guide and provides normal voice reading of the text displayed within the menu on-screen.
How to enable Text to Speech
Text to Speech functionality is available on most Verizon set-top boxes. The feature can be enabled via the settings menu: Menu > Settings > System > Accessibility > Text to Speech > on/off
If you need help getting the Text to Speech feature working on your set-top box, contact us anytime at 1.800.Verizon (1.800.837.4966). One of our skilled representatives can enable the feature remotely for you.
Set-top box compatibility
If you are disabled and feel you would benefit from Text to Speech, but have a set-top box that isn’t compatible with this functionality, you can swap your set-top box for a compatible alternative at no charge. If you need help installing new equipment, a Verizon technician will assist you at no charge.

Need more help with this feature?
Contact the Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities:
Toll-free at 1.800.974.6006 Voice or TTY 508.251.5301 Videophone
Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Email us at: vccd@verizon.com

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