YouTube TV is being improved to allow sports fans to watch multiple games with little to no interruption.
The trouble with watching sports online is that there may be broadcast delays. As a result, the stream lags and is terrible. In December 2023, YouTube introduced a way to temporarily reduce delays for up to 48 hours at a time. This ensures your stream won't freeze due to interference or fluctuations in internet speed. However, according to CordCuttersNews, you can now permanently enable the delay reduction option.
An image from the 9To5Google report reveals text stating that there is no longer a 48-hour time limit on latency reduction. Additionally, it applies to all channels on the service. The publication states that the activation of the tool will only take effect after closing and reopening the app on Android TV. What's interesting is that Decreased Delay is still labeled as an experimental feature, which may cause performance issues. YouTube may patch the delay reduction later. Nothing has been confirmed so far.
Enabling Decrease Delay is easy. In the YouTube TV app, select the three-dot menu,[ブロードキャスト遅延]Go to. The “Decrease” and “Default” options are under that setting. YouTube TV's official help page explains that the former is best for minimizing playback interruptions, and the latter is best for reducing “live spoilers.”
Build your own stream
The second improvement is the multiview update. This feature was first released in March 2023, allowing users to stream up to four sports games simultaneously. Back then, people had to choose from preset options. However, thanks to the new Build a Multiview tool, you can choose the four games you want to watch.
Multi-view building was first discovered by a Reddit user who stumbled across this option on YouTube TV one day. They claim that they were able to pick a group from all the games that were being played at the time. It's not just specific sports.
There's a catch. Multi-view construction only shows limited releases. Google told CordCuttersNews that it is currently testing the feature, so only a select few people will have access to it. But there are also plans for a broader release. It will be available on “all devices that support multi-view.” A complete list of these devices can be found on the YouTube Help website. This includes video game consoles, modern smart TVs, and streaming dongles like the 3rd generation Fire TV Stick.
The 2024 Super Bowl begins on Sunday, February 11th. These updates couldn't have come at a better time. If you're looking for a new TV to watch the big game on, check out TechRadar's list of the best smart TVs of 2024.