YouTube TV Subscribers Now Have The Option To Reduce Broadcast Delays

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YouTube TV has launched a new ‘Reduce Broadcast Delay’ feature which, as the name suggests, lets subscribers reduce broadcast delays on their TV. Delays in broadcasting is not unusual with streaming, so anything that can help to reduce the delay is likely to be well received by users.

Unlike other new features, this one has to be enabled by the user before subscribers will see any change. To enable it, select the three dot ‘More’ menu within the YouTube TV app on the TV. Then select Broadcast delay and choose between Decrease for 48 hours or Default.

As explained in a support post, opting to reduce broadcast delay will result in the YouTube TV video player having less buffer to play with. Put simply, enabling the feature increases the likelihood of playback interruption and issues.

This is likely why YouTube is currently only making it possible to enable the feature for a short period of time. For example, the Decrease for 48 hours option can be enabled when planning to watch live sports in the next day or two and the app will then automatically revert back to the setting that minimizes playback interruptions once the 48 hours have come to an end.

In principle, this should ensure subscribers won’t suffer from playback stability problems at a later time and without knowing why. The downside, however, subscribers will need to continually enable the feature if they want to continually reduce broadcast delays.

In terms of device support, it currently remains unclear just how widespread this feature is right now. Google does seem to specifically mention “TV” a lot in the documentation, so some subscribers may find they don’t yet have the Broadcast Delay option available in the YouTube TV app on some of their devices.

John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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