Amazon has come up with a new accessibility feature. This is on their Fire TV devices. The new feature is the ‘text banner’ feature. It is designed for customers who have a narrow field of vision and eye conditions. For example, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.
What it does is, it combines the onscreen text into a compact, written banner which appears in a fixed location on the screen. According to Amazon, the entire Fire TV user interface, including Prime Video, and other applications work with the new Text Banner app. So, this makes it easier for users with vision-related issues to enjoy movies and other things.
Steps to enable text banners on their Fire TV devices:
1: From the Fire TV menu, select Settings.
2: Now select Accessibility.
3: Next, select Text Banner.
4: Now select Font Size & Color or Banner size, Timing, & more to customize the experience.
Also, the new text banner feature joins a group of other accessibility features that Amazon has come up till now. The VoiceView feature is a screen reader. It speaks on-screen text out loud when users shuffle through menu options and settings. Another is a closed captions feature. It displays on-screen text for dialogs in movies and TV shows, also known as subtitles.
There is also a screen magnifier feature which enables users to zoom in on-screen. Also, a high contrast text feature that makes the text easier to read. So, it basically changes the on-screen text to black or white and adds an opposite colour border.