In an exciting development for sports fans, YouTube TV has introduced a feature allowing users to minimize broadcast delay, providing a more real-time experience when watching live events.
The catch, however, is the potential for increased buffering, as YouTube reduces the buffer to accommodate shorter delays caused by internet latency.
As of now, YouTube TV maintains an average delay of approximately 30 seconds.
By manually enabling this new option, users can bring this delay down, enabling them to watch sports events earlier and closer to the actual occurrence in real-time.
It’s important to note that this feature must be activated manually, and it remains active for a duration of 48 hours before reverting to the default settings.
YouTube TV explained the significance of broadcast delay, describing it as the time lapse between a camera capturing an event and the event being displayed on the viewer’s TV.
A lower broadcast delay implies less buffer in the video player, increasing the likelihood of experiencing playback interruptions.
Factors such as internet congestion, Wi-Fi interference, and other issues may contribute to live programming problems, causing delays in the stream even with a robust network.
To update the broadcast delay in the YouTube TV app on your TV, users can follow these simple steps:
- Select the three-dot more menu.
- Choose Broadcast Delay.
- Opt for either Decrease for 48 hours or Default.
If the “Decrease for 48 hours” option is selected, the reduced broadcast delay will automatically revert to the default setting after the 48-hour period.
The “Default” setting is recommended to minimize playback interruptions, while “Decrease for 48 hours” is ideal for those seeking a lower broadcast delay with minimal playback interruptions and spoilers.
This new feature aims to enhance the sports-watching experience for YouTube TV users, providing them with the flexibility to choose between reduced delay for real-time action or default settings for smoother playback.
It’s a strategic move by YouTube TV to cater to the diverse preferences of its user base, acknowledging the importance of both reduced delay and seamless streaming.