Only people outside Israel have been able to watch award-winning Hebrew-language Israeli television shows like “Fauda” and “Shtisel” with English subtitles. Not in Israel, though: Yes, the company producing the shows in Israel doesn't offer versions subtitled in English. But it will soon. To the likely delight of immigrants, expats, diplomats and other non-Hebrew speakers in Israel, the YES satellite channel is finally responding to their plaints with a designated video-on-demand channel providing certain shows with subtitled translations.
“With the increasing high profile presence of YES’s original content in the global market along with the international award successes, we’ve received many requests from English native speakers in Israel, which are a considerable demographic in recent years, for subtitled original content,” said Yaki Jacques, senior vice president of programming at YES TV. “With our upcoming summer slate of shows, both original and acquisitions, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to launch the service.”
In addition to all of the seasons of “Fauda” – the worldwide hit about a team of elite Israeli undercover agents in the West Bank, and “Shtisel,” the romantic family drama set in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Jerusalem, the offerings on “YES English” will also include “On the Spectrum,” the acclaimed series about three autistic young adults struggling to live independently, which is being remade into an American series by Amazon Studios; and the crime series “Your Honor,” whose remake is being produced in the U.S. for Showtime starring “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston.
Viewers will also be able to see an English subtitled version of the Hebrew show “The Good Cop” which Netflix acquired both in its original language and remade in English.
Also on offer will be subtitled versions of award-winning Israeli documentaries, including “Presenting Princess Shaw,” the winner of Israel’s Academy Award for best documentary and a New York Times Critic’s Choice, which tells the story of an unusual collaboration between an African-American New Orleans singer and an Israeli producer who connect through YouTube, and “The Pilots”, a documentary series about the challenges a group of young women face as they move through the demanding course to become pilots in the Israeli Defense Forces.