American Sign Language (ASL) Support

Last Updated: 16 October 2017 at 15:26

American Sign Language (ASL) is available for Church broadcasts in North American meetinghouses that have an ASL receiver installed. Priesthood leaders should coordinate requests for ASL equipment with their FM group manager.

How to Watch in ASL

When a broadcast is signed, it is usually available on LDS.org, the Church satellite network, or both.

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Internet

When viewing a live broadcast via the web, a wired connection is preferred because it provides better reliability and a higher picture quality. ASL is a visual language, so picture quality is important. The streaming encoder used for ASL is “rate adaptive.” This means that the player will often adjust the data rate in an attempt to deliver the maximum image quality possible.

Because the internet ASL channel and the satellite non-ASL chan­nel are processed through different encoding and transmission devices, the broadcasts will be several seconds out of sync, which may be distracting to viewers. To avoid this distraction, it may be best to set up the Internet-delivered ASL broadcast and the non-ASL broadcast in separate rooms.

An ASL broadcast on LDS.org can be viewed by selecting the broadcast and then selecting American Sign Language from the language list in the upper right-hand corner.

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Satellite

Many meetinghouses already have a receiver set up to receive non-ASL broadcasts; an additional receiver is needed to simultaneously receive an ASL broadcast. Once both receivers are setup, the meetinghouse’s dish or antenna will feed the proper signals to each receiver. Priesthood leaders should coordinate requests for ASL equipment with their facilities managers. Buildings may already have an additional receiver setup; click here to view a list of ASL broadcast–enabled buildings in North America.

In North America, the Church uses two different satellite systems for broadcasts. They are known as the traditional large-dish (C-band) system and the smaller-dish (Ku-band) system. The C-band system has an ASL signal all the time. During non-broadcast times, the ASL channel is identified with the letters ASL in the up­per-left corner of the receiver screen. On the Ku-band system, the ASL channel appears just before a broadcast and then disappears after the broadcast is over.

Setup to View ASL Broadcasts via Satellite

After the equipment for receiving an ASL satellite broadcast has been installed, the ASL broadcast will be available on a TV channel. The TV can be setup in any room in the meetinghouse that has a TV jack, such as a classroom or chapel. If the ASL broadcast is being shown in the same room as the non-ASL broadcast, the TV for viewing the ASL broadcast is often setup in front of one of the side-seating areas. Some ASL users prefer to view the broadcast in a separate classroom, while others prefer to be in the chapel with the rest of the congregation; either is acceptable. The ASL broadcast and the non-ASL broadcast will be slightly out of sync with each other. If both broadcasts are being shown in the same room, the volume on the TV set showing ASL should be turned down.

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For additional support, contact the Global Service Center.