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Old 09-26-23, 11:51 AM
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Radio sync

I have been an NFL football fan (Eagles) since 1960. There used to be no problem watching the game on TV and listening to the local radio broadcast. But that was before! Now I can no longer do that because the two broadcasts are about ten seconds apart with the TV being ahead of the radio. I had a synchronized sports radio that I bought a few years ago that worked fine. But it broke and I couldn't adjust it to be in line with the TV. I had thought about getting another one but when I go on their website it says out of stock. Even Ebay doesn't list any. Does anyone have an idea how I can get this to work? Last night I was watching the TV broadcast and the radio broadcast was announcing the play BEFORE the one that was actually being shown. It's very annoying. Thank you.
 
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Old 09-26-23, 02:49 PM
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Are you watching OTA or cable? Do you have a DVR/cable box that allows you to pause the video? You could Pause the video until the radio catches up and then Play the video in sync with the radio broadcast.
 
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I watch it on cable and my cable company said they don't have DVR's.
 
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Could you listen to the local broadcast through your PC or phone? (Providing they offer online broadcasting, which I would think a lot of radio stations do?)
 
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Old 09-26-23, 06:55 PM
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I've been listening to it through my laptop but unless there's something I can do with it the broadcast is still about 10 seconds behind the TV.
 
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Not the first with this problem. There were radios built that included a delay, bit I don't know if they are still available. What you need is an easily adjustable audio delay line. Many are available, however ...

The problem comes with interfacing the delay's Inputs and Outputs. I don't think any are plug-n-play. Generally they require expertise ranging from Hard Core Audiophile up to Audio Engineer.

A tome the size of War and Peace could be written on the reasons for the delay and it would be dry as dust to most. Basically it boils down to the time required to digitize and compress video, as compared to audio.
 
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I watch it on cable and my cable company said they don't have DVR's.
Does your cable box have a Pause function that you could use to delay the video?

Or you could use something like this Converter Box or Streaming Media Player to delay the video.
 
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Old 09-28-23, 07:48 AM
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I called my cable company and they told me my cable box does not have a pause feature and what I must do is have a DVR installed for $13 a month and a $50 installation fee. I'm having a problem with that installation fee. All I want to do is watch a football game.
 
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The Converter Box and Streaming Media Player that I linked in Post #7 show OTA antenna inputs. However you may be able to connect your cable box via the coax connector for channel input and use the CH 3/4 output to your TV. The cost will be less than 3 months of DVR rental. Contact Aluratek to see if the above configuration will work.
 
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You need some type of DVR to pause/delay the TV broadcast. I was going to recommend Tivo as an option, but I see it's much more expensive than the options John provided above. So I think your answer is either one of those boxes (or one like it), or a similar DVR from your cable company.

Another option might be to see if you can get NFL streaming through the cable company and watch it on your computer or smartphone. I know Xfinity does do streaming with NFL Live, but I don't know if it's an additional cost or what. I believe it can be paused/delayed, but I'm not 100% certain.

You're not the only one with this issue. Two weeks ago two friends were arguing watching the Eagles game at an event, both on their phones, one through Xfinity and one through an NFL stream. One saw the plays 5-10 seconds earlier than the other... as expected, arguments ensued.
 
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That's also my problem. I'm watching a play on the tube and the radio is describing the PREVIOUS play. It really sucks trying to watch a game like that. 3 or 4 years ago it wasn't a problem. I had a sync radio that I could adjust but it broke and now when I tried to order another one it says out of stock. But I'll keep working on this. I appreciate all the answers and suggestions.
 
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Um, plug the AUIDO-OUT from the TV into the radio AUDIO-IN?

Other than that, many of the newer flat screen 'smart TVs' do have a over-the-air tuner built in, which DOES include a record/pause function for broadcast TV. You have to plug in a USB drive for storage, then work through the TV menu to setup 'record broadcast' as a function. At least that is my experience with TCL and Magnavox equipment.
 
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plug the AUIDO-OUT from the TV into the radio AUDIO-IN
Hal, I think that will give him theTV commentary on the radio. I think he wants to listen to the radio commentary that is 10 seconds behind the TV video. If he can delay the video 10 seconds by using Pause the commentary will be synced.
 
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@ernie

Is this one such radio? Maybe Im out in left field, I never knew they made radios with the delay feature. Where have I been ? -lol ! I certainly can see their utility.

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I have been an NFL football fan (Eagles) since 1960
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I saw my first Eagles game at Franklin Field. I pretty sure it was right around 1960. Tommy McDonald put on a show that day. We are pretty old guys I guess lol!


 
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Now I can no longer do that because the two broadcasts are about ten seconds apart with the TV being ahead of the radio
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OK - my bad. Ignore my last post. I thought the TV was behind the radio. Somewhere I got the idea that the TV signal was always behind because of more processing required. I guess that's obviously wrong.
 
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zoesdad, the TV broadcast USED to be behind the radio but not anymore. It has something to do with TV is digital and different from the radio analog. But no matter what it is, the radio is now about ten seconds behind the TV. I was watching the Eagles Monday night and Merle Reese was describing a play that I already saw and I was watching the NEXT play in real time and there was about a ten second difference. Even last year it wasn't that far off, perhaps about three seconds, and it wasn't too bad to watch. But this year it's way off.

The first Eagles game I saw was on YV when they won the NFL Championship. Chuck Bednarik, Tommy McDonald, Norm Van Brocklin, Pete Retzlaf. And we might be pretty old guys but we're still on the right side of the dirt! Thanks for your replies.
 
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we might be pretty old guys but we're still on the right side of the dirt!


LOL - my neighbor also says the same thing!
 
 

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