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Secondary Audio Program

Monday, November 19, 2007

SAP stands for Secondary Audio Program, a feature on almost every stereo TV set that has been purchased in the last 10 years. It is commonly used in the U.S. to provide Spanish-language audio for English-language television programs.

Facts and Questions:

What is SAP?
SAP is an additional audio channel that can be received by all viewers with stereo television sets in markets where SAP is available. It can be used for any audio signal, but is most often used as a vehicle for a secondary language for English-language programming. This feature is usually located on the front of a television or VCR or on the remote control.

How do I get the Spanish-language audio on my TV set?
If your TV set is a stereo TV set, you can select SAP by pressing the menu button on your TV or on your remote control, selecting the audio function from the menu, and switching to SAP from mono or stereo. If this does not work, consult your manual.

I am currently receiving SAP and I don't want to. How do I stop it?
Press the menu button on your TV set or remote control, select the audio function, and return your set to either mono or stereo instead of SAP.

I can't find which button to press. Where should I look?
On many sets, the audio channel can be switched by remote control or through a SAP switch located around the tuning panel or "on screen programming." Usually, there is a setting labeled SAP, AUDIO SELECT, B-AUDIO, MTS, or MENU. By changing the setting, you should be able to select SAP. Not all TV sets are alike, so you might want to check your instruction manual for all the details.


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