Accessibility Settings

DISH provides a full suite of accessibility settings on our Hopper, Wally, and Joey receivers.
The Hopper and Wired Joey 1.0 have Closed Captioning and Bluetooth Audio (with an adapter) only.

Below you can learn more about:


Audio Description

Audio Description, also referred to as video description, described video, or Secondary Audio Programming, allows programs with narrative tracks to play when available. This feature is available on all DISH receivers.

Audio Description is audio-narrated descriptions of a program’s key visual elements. These descriptions are inserted into natural pauses in the program’s dialogue. Audio Description makes TV programming more accessible to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

  1. Press the RED color button or the Options button two times, depending on your remote
    Red color button on 40.0 remote (first button in the row of four horizontal buttons in the middle of the remote)Options button on 50.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 52.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 54.0 remote (triangular button to the top left of the center arrow pad)
  2. Select Audio Description to enable or disable the setting
    Audio Description option (second option in horizontal list)

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Screen Magnification

Magnification enlarges the size of text presented on the screen to help you read the Guide or menus.

  1. Press the RED color button or the Options button two times, depending on your remote
    Red color button on 40.0 remote (first button in the row of four horizontal buttons in the middle of the remote)Options button on 50.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 52.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 54.0 remote (triangular button to the top left of the center arrow pad)
  2. Select Magnification to enable or disable the setting. The screen will zoom in when the setting is enabled.
    Magnification option (third option in horizontal list)

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Text to Speech

The Text to Speech setting provides an audible readout of the Guide and menus when enabled.

  1. Press the RED color button or the Options button two times, depending on your remote
    Red color button on 40.0 remote (first button in the row of four horizontal buttons in the middle of the remote)Options button on 50.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 52.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 54.0 remote (triangular button to the top left of the center arrow pad)
  2. Select Text to Speech to enable or disable the setting
    Text to Speech option (fourth option in horizontal list)

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Closed Captioning

Closed Captioning provides on-screen text of the audio within a program when enabled.

  1. Press the RED color button or the Options button two times, depending on your remote
    Red color button on 40.0 remote (first button in the row of four horizontal buttons in the middle of the remote)Options button on 50.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 52.0 remote (second button in the second row of four buttons)Options button on 54.0 remote (triangular button to the top left of the center arrow pad)
  2. Select Closed Captioning to enable or disable the setting
    Closed Captioning option (first option in horizontal list)

For more Closed Captioning options:

  1. Press the MENU button once or the HOME button twice, depending on your remote
    Menu button on 40.0 remote (first button in the second row of buttons)Home button on 50.0 remote (first button in the top row of four buttons.)Home button on 52.0 remote (first button in the top row of four buttons.)Home button on 54.0 remote (second button in the top row of three buttons)
  2. Select Settings
    Settings menu option (use the remote to move left and right through the grid of menu options)
  3. Select Closed Captioning
    Closed Captioning menu option (use the remote to move left and right through the grid of menu options)
  4. Choose your desired Closed Captioning preferences
    Closed Captioning preferences including color, size, and style (use the remote to move up and down through the list of options)

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Bluetooth Audio

Bluetooth Audio feature allows you to sync Bluetooth devices like headphones, hearing aids, and soundbars for a clearer and easy listening experience.

You can pair up to five devices, but only two can be actively used at the same time.

Wally and Joey receivers need a Bluetooth Adapter to use this feature. You can order the adapter online.

Hi, I’m Ryan. If you have a Bluetooth-compatible device, such as a sound bar or headphones, you can easily pair it to your DISH Hopper.

Here’s how.

First, make sure your Bluetooth device is in a discoverable mode.

From your receiver’s Menu, select the “Settings” tile, and then “Bluetooth Audio.”

If your Bluetooth Pairing is “OFF,” simply select it to turn it ON.

And then select “Find Devices.”

Select your device from the results, and then choose “Pair.”

Enter the device passcode. If your device doesn’t have one, enter 0-0-0-0. Then select “OK.”

You will see your device with a “Paired” status in the device list.

Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next time.

  1. If applicable, plug the Bluetooth Adapter into the Wally or Joey's USB port
  2. Press the MENU button once or the HOME button twice, depending on your remote
    Menu button on 40.0 remote (first button in the second row of buttons)Home button on 50.0 remote (first button in the top row of four buttons.)Home button on 52.0 remote (first button in the top row of four buttons.)Home button on 54.0 remote (second button in the top row of three buttons)
  3. Select Settings
    grid of menu options (Use the remote control to move through the grid of menu options.)
  4. Select Bluetooth Audio
    grid of settings options (Use the remote control to move through the grid of menu options.)
  5. Select Bluetooth Pairing to turn pairing on
    List of bluetooth audio settings (Use the remote control to move up and down through the list of options.)
  6. Turn on your Bluetooth device and make sure it is ready for pairing (see the device's manual for pairing instructions)
  7. Select Find Devices. The receiver will search for available Bluetooth devices.
    bluetooth audio settings with find devices button (Use the remote control to move up and down through the list of options.)
  8. Select the device you want to pair with the receiver, then select Pair.

    If you want to remove a device, just select Disconnect/Unpair at this step.
  9. If the device requires a password, use the remote control's number pad to enter it and select OK
    Enter bluetooth password pop up (Use the remote to enter your 4 digit password)

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