On Thursday I taped a travel tech segment for Leo Laporte’s The New Screen Savers show. I gave Megan, the host, a list of my favorite travel apps and when she saw Stay Connect on there, she asked if it was the app that can play the sound of muted TVs in airport lounges through a phone. I was like, “What?!” I had no idea there was such an app until I got back to my hotel and did some research. Sure enough, there’s a free app (available on both Android and iOS), called Tunity, that allows you to hear any TV directly on your device. It’s perfect for travelers who find muted TVs in airports, gyms and bars.
Tunity (free for iOS and Android) works with live TV broadcasts only and they currently support over 100 channels (more coming soon). I tested it with my hotel TV and the local San Francisco news wasn’t one of the supported channels (though Tunity does have a bunch of other local stations). I then tried CNN and sure enough, it worked! You must be within close proximity of the television to access streamed audio. All you do is point your phone with the app open toward the TV to scan it, and voila! If the audio is not perfectly in sync with the TV, you can use the button labeled “Fine Tune Audio Sync” at the bottom of the screen to adjust the stream delay/latency. Make sure you toggle on location services/GPS and click “Agree” if you get a location permissions pop-up.
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