Genius Life Pro Tip Shows How To Watch NFL Games On TV Without Horrible Commentary
Eric Goldschein 03:42 pm, September 29th, 2014
One of the most common complaints about television broadcasts of sporting events -- especially where football is concerned -- are the announcers. With a few exceptions, almost everyone can agree that listening to Phil Simms or Dan Dierdorf break down a play is about as fun as getting kicked in the ear. And don't get the Internet started on Joe Buck.
But unless you're cool with watching a game in total silence (which takes away from the experience of pretending like your couch is in the stadium) or trying to sync up your local radio broadcast with the game (which can be hit or miss, since TV is normally a few seconds behind radio), there's no way to avoid having terrible analysts invade your game-watching experience. OR IS THERE?
I may just be late to discovering this gem. For sports and other broadcasts in proper 5.1 audio, the dialog (in this case game commentary) is sent to the center channel speaker. So if you set up your receiver for 5.1 (or 7.1 or 1,000,080p) speakers and just disconnect or mute or don't have a center channel, you get to experience the game in eerie (and enjoyable) silence, like you're actually there.
As user "meatmacho" says, this should work for anything broadcast in 5.1 audio -- which is standard for all of ESPN's HD sporting events, for example. That means no more Jim Nantz. No more Joe Buck. No more Troy Aikman. No more Marv Albert. No more Tim Ryan. And no more Phil Simms, Broncos fans. Just the sounds of the stadium. Give it a try and tell us what you think -- we'll be doing it this weekend.
And for the record, if you really do love your radio announcers, there is a cheap way to make the TV and radio broadcasts sync.
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