How to Continually Hear a TV Without Disturbing Others Around

George Tinari

An age-old problem of watching TV is that everyone around you has to hear what you’re watching. That might be a problem to you or that very well might be a problem to them. Subtitles sometimes alleviate the issue, but the experience isn’t the same as hearing the voices and expressions, especially for music.

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So the question is, how is it possible to watch your favorite TV program directly on your television in a way that no one else can hear it? Get ready, because we have not one, but three different solutions that are all easy and affordable… and one even totally free.

Use Tunity

Tunity is a free app for iOS and Android that feels nothing short of futuristic and weird, but it works. Tunity has you hold your smartphone up to the live TV channel you’re watching. It scans in just a few seconds to determine which channel is on, then streams the synced audio to your phone so you can listen.

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Then, it’s just a matter of muting the TV and plugging your headphones into your phone. It works beautifully. If there are audio sync issues, and I encountered a few, you can fine tune the sync by fast forwarding or rewinding ever so slightly until it’s perfectly aligned with the television.

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Tip: Tunity doesn’t support every channel, so check the list in the app to be sure the channel you want is supported.

Tunity is right now the best way to privately listen to live TV and it doesn’t cost a thing.

Buy Wireless TV Headphones

If the problem of listening to TV is one you run into often at home, perhaps you’d want to invest in some wireless TV headphones. They’re designed to transmit the audio from your television directly to your headphones.

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As is usually the case with these products, you’ll have to toy around with the receiver at first to get a clear signal from the TV but once you’ve done that, you’re golden.

A quick search on Amazon will get you a few solid options. You can always go for the set from Jelly Comb for $24.99, or splurge for higher end cups closer to $100 by TV Ears.

Get a Roku

Roku 3 and Roku 4, the high-end models of the streaming set-top box, have headphone support. The included headphones plug right into the remote so you can watch television in bliss. In fact, it should be able to work with any headphones that fit into a 3.5 mm headphone jack so feel free to use your own.

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Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr CC

The only downside is that in order to watch TV and hear the audio in private, you need to be watching something that’s on Roku. The service has a wide variety of available content, but this still means you won’t be able to watch live TV as part of your cable subscription.

The Roku 3 is available for $99.99 and the Roku 4, which supports 4K televisions, is $129.99.

ALSO SEE: How to Mirror or Stream iPhone Display or Media to TV

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George Tinari

George Tinari has written about technology for over seven years: guides, how-tos, news, reviews and more. He's usually sitting in front of his laptop, eating, listening to music or singing along loudly to said music. You can also follow him on Twitter @gtinari if you need more complaints and sarcasm in your timeline.