How to un-dub Netflix

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

If you sat down to watch The Rain recently on Netflix, you might be wondering why the dialogue doesn't quite fit with what the characters are saying.

There's a chance that you weren't aware that the default for foreign-language shows on Netflix is to play the dubbed soundtrack if one is available instead of streaming the show in its original language and putting English subtitles on it.

While some might scoff at the idea, Netflix knows what it's doing. In a study earlier this year, Netflix streamed a dubbed version of French political drama Marseille to a select group of viewers by default, and those who got the dubbed version were more likely to finish the series than those who watched it with subtitles. Zut alors!

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You might say this could just be because some people didn't like the show – whether they were watching with subtitles or dubbing – but it's happened with other foreign-language shows too. According to Netflix, 81% of people in English-speaking countries watched German mystery drama Dark dubbed.

But what do you do if you want to watch a show as the creators intended? Never fear, Digital Spy is here.

How to un-dub Netflix

The first time you watch a foreign-language show, it will default to the dubbed version if there is one available, like on The Rain, 3%, Dark and others.

If this happens and you want to watch it in its original language, click on the audio and subtitles button which looks a little bit like a speech bubble.

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Under the audio menu, you'll have to change from English to the original language of the show and if you didn't know what that was, there's a handy [Original] next to its native language.

Then unless you actually speak that language, you'll have to click on English under the subtitles menu. Fortunately, if the show grabs you and you want to binge to the end, you'll only have to do this once per show.

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As an added bonus, you can also personalise how the subtitles appear once you've changed to the original language. To do this, go into your account setting and under the profile menu, click on 'Subtitle appearance'.

There, you can change the font, add different kinds of shadow and all sorts to truly make it your own.

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