YouTube TV Now Lets You Reduce Your Broadcast Delay Permanently On These Devices





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With the Super Bowl coming today, having a video stream with lower lag is going to be clutch. YouTube TV now will permanently reduce that broadcast delay that once plagued your video stream.

YouTube TV originally introduced this feature in November, but it only allowed you to reduce the delay for 48 hours to ensure you had a better game experience. Now, you’ll be able to choose that mode, and keep it on by default.

In exchange for the shorter delay, there will be less time for buffering, so the company warns you may see more playback disruptions, particularly if your internet connection hits some traffic.

Here’s how to make the change:

  1. Select the three dot more menu item
  2. Select the “Broadcast Delay” item
  3. Select “Decreased” or “Default”

Here are all the devices that support this improved broadcast delay:

Game consolesPlayStation 5PlayStation 4
Xbox Series XXbox Series SXbox One XXbox One SXbox One
Smart TVsFire TV Edition smart TVs produced by Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse
Hisense Smart TVs (select models)
LG smart TVs (2016+ models only)
Roku TVs (all models)
Samsung smart TVs (2017+ models only)
Vizio SmartCast TVs (select models)
Streaming devicesAndroid TV
(Note: TVs running a mobile version of Android may not be supported)
Apple TV (4th generation & 4K)
Chromecast with Google TV
Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)Fire TV Stick LiteFire TV Stick (2nd Gen)Fire TV Stick 4KFire TV CubeFire TV Cube (1st Gen)
Google TV
(Note: All Google TVs and streaming media devices)
Roku Smart SoundbarRoku UltraRoku Ultra LTRoku Streaming Stick+Roku Streaming Stick+ HERoku Streaming Stick (3600x and newer models)Roku Express+Roku ExpressRoku Premiere+Roku PremiereRoku 4Roku 3 (4200x, 4230x)Roku 2 (4210x)
TiVo Stream 4K
Xfinity Flex devices

The company notes that selecting “Default” is the best way to minimize playback interruptions, while “Decrease” is best to reduce live spoilers.

Check out Google’s support page to get all the details on this feature.

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