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How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:15 am
by APDIY
There are times when I'm DIY-ing (Inside and outside my home) when I'd like to be able to listen to the sound on TV and don't need to watch. Like a portable radio - even if it does need a mains elec supply.

Is there a way of doing this short of lugging around a portable TV, please?

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:44 am
by Bob225
Its called radio, sound without moving pictures :wink:

Back in the days of analogue TV it was possible, now its all digital it's not as easy as the signal needs to be decoded, A Bluetooth radio or Bluetooth speaker and a smart phone may be a option then you can stream any service you like, play podcasts or even an audio book

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:57 am
by Rorschach
If you can get wifi then you can watch/listen to live broadcasts on your phone.

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:22 am
by big-all
baby monitor near the tv

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:33 am
by APDIY
Rorschach wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:57 am
If you can get wifi then you can watch/listen to live broadcasts on your phone.
Thank you, Rorschach.
Yes, I have wifi.
Would that 'come off' my data allowance? I use GiffGaff @£6/month and have a low Data allocation as I hardly ever, use that facility.

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:39 am
by APDIY
Bob225 wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:44 am
Its called radio, sound without moving pictures :wink:

Back in the days of analogue TV it was possible, now its all digital it's not as easy as the signal needs to be decoded,
Thanks - I can remember when they were called Wireless and my father had a long piece of wire stretching down the garden as an aerial.
From the reading I've done - and what I could understand, as you say the change to Digital has made matters very complicated - especially for a complete novice.

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:31 pm
by Rorschach
APDIY wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:33 am
Rorschach wrote:
Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:57 am
If you can get wifi then you can watch/listen to live broadcasts on your phone.
Thank you, Rorschach.
Yes, I have wifi.
Would that 'come off' my data allowance? I use GiffGaff @£6/month and have a low Data allocation as I hardly ever, use that facility.
Is that data allowance on your mobile phone plan or on your home internet package?

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:38 pm
by someone-else
GifGaf supply sim cards, so I guess its his mobile phone

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 6:32 pm
by ericmark
It's called a set top box, not that they are put on top of a TV any more, but all mine have phono outputs the problem is knowing what channel you have tuned into, but my IceCrypt box you can change the order to suit what you want, I often listen to radio on satellite as FM and freeview in this area is useless.

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:32 pm
by APDIY
Yes, GiffGaff is the clue - my limited Data ration is on my CellPhone.
@ ericmark - my searches online have taken me time and again to Webpages from USA - and from what I can understand they use what we call a Set Top Box to do what I want to do.
If I get it right those boxes converted the Digital signal to Analogue to cater for 'old' analogue TVs. I've got a couple of those boxes sitting around.
Can I then follow your route Bob225 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:44 am ?
If so, what do I have to do, please?

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:35 pm
by Bob225
If you find a set top box (STB) with scart or even spdif you can take the audio to an amplifier or bluetooth adapter

How to get TV sound without a TV?

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:38 am
by APDIY
Bob225 wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:35 pm
If you find a set top box (STB) with scart or even spdif you can take the audio to an amplifier or bluetooth adapter
T Y for that, Bob225.
Yes, I have a couple of STBs which have scart ports and some scart leads.
Have you any suggestions as to which bluetooth adapter to look out for?
Regards