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Can I Listen to Pandora On My TV?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. A friend told me about Pandora, the Internet music service, and I'm hooked on it now. I listen to it all the time on my smart phone. But is there anyway to listen to it on my TV. It would sound great on my set's Surround Sound system. -- Mark, Dallas, Texas.

For those not familiar with Pandora, it's a free service that streams music via the Internet. You can create your own stations by artist or even a specific song. Pandora will then play music from that artist or songs that are similar to the artist. For example, if you create a Beatles channel, it will play the Beatles catalog, of course, but it will also plays solo stuff from Paul, John, Ringo and George -- and, occasionally, tunes from their 60s peers such as the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and The Doors.

Before I explain how to listen to Pandora on your TV, I should clarify that it is free, but if you listen to more than 40 hours a month, Pandora will charge 99 cents to continue listening for the remainder of the month. Still, a pretty good deal.

You can listen to Pandora on your TV in a number of ways. Most Blu-ray players and Smart TVs with Wi-Fi come with a Pandora app that allows you to sign in to your account and listen on your TV the same way you would on your mobile device or computer.

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TiVo and Roku also have Pandora features as does DIRECTV, Comcast, Verizion FiOS and a few other TV providers. But you'll need to have your TV set-top connected to a Broadband service to listen to Pandora, either via a direct wired connection or a connection to your home network.

I listen to Pandora on a Panasonic Smart TV and in my Home Theater and I can attest that it does sound great. So, happy listening.

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