Streaming Music, Podcasts, & Audio 88 88 people found this article helpful Making TV Band Radios Work With Digital TVs A workaround for listening to TV on a radio by Matthew Torres Writer Former Lifewire writer Matthew Torres is a journalist who writes about television technology, consumer support articles, and TV-related news. our editorial process Matthew Torres Updated on December 02, 2020 Music, Podcasts, & Audio Radio Music For Your Life Audio Streaming Podcasts CDs, MP3s, & Other Media Tweet Share Email TV band radios are AM/FM radios that also receive the audio portion of an analog TV signal. This makes it possible to listen to TV on the radio. The problem with TV band radios is that the TV tuner inside them doesn't work with digital TV, which is a major buzz kill. This information applies to televisions from a variety of manufacturers including, but not limited to, those made by LG, Samsung, Panasonic, and Sony. The Problem The transition to digital-only television in 2009 killed the TV band radio. Your reliable TV band radio cannot work with a digital TV signal. It's an unfortunate casualty of the digital transition. There is, however, a workaround you can use to listen to television on your radio. The Workaround You use an antenna and DTV converter box to capture the TV audio, and then you connect the audio output of the converter box to either self-powered speakers or headphones. The speakers or headphones need an RCA-type connector. Courtesy of Amazon.com Run the channel scan function on the converter box before implementing this solution or you won't get any audio. After everything is configured properly, you'll be able to hear your favorite TV shows without seeing the picture. Change the channel using the converter box remote or the box itself. Image courtesy of Amazon.com If you think this sounds strangely similar to the way you watch broadcast TV, then you are correct. It's an unconventional solution, but it fixes an otherwise broken situation. Of course, this fix doesn't work in situations where digital TV reception isn't possible. Until companies produce TV band radios with digital TV tuners, this might be all you can do. Development of a digital TV radio has been complicated by the fact that digital TV channels use virtual channel numbers that are different from the broadcast frequency channels. As of late 2020, this problem hasn't been solved, and no manufacturer has developed a working TV band radio for digital TVs.