Sign language

Sign language uses physical gestures and facial expressions instead of spoken words. Dialogue from a film or television programme is translated into British Sign Language (BSL) by an interpreter, making it possible for deaf and hard of hearing people to enjoy programmes on Sky TV.

Sky broadcasts signed content through the BSL Zone on the Community Channel 539. Sky channels are regulated under the 2003 Communications act, and follow the Ofcom Code on Television Access Services.

Setting up sign language

You do not need to turn on sign language through your settop box. It will appear automatically on channels that broadcast signed content.

Finding programmes with sign language

You can search for programmes with sign language in the What's on TV section of this website. It's a full TV listing for the next seven days, and Sky+ and Sky+ HD customers can also use the remote record feature.