You’re probably familiar with this scene when the soccer World Cup is on. Your neighbours were already celebrating in front of the TV, while the ball was still “live” in your team’s penalty area. TV programs are transmitted in many different ways nowadays. You can watch a live stream with OnlineTV. But “live” doesn’t exactly mean live. The various transmission channels are up to 100 seconds apart from each other. If you’re watching TV via a satellite key, then you’re very often way ahead. If you’re watching TV via a digital cable, you’re lagging up to 5 seconds behind. There should be a delay of up to 10 seconds with DVB-T. When streaming or watching TV online via the Internet, there can be a delay of up to as much as a minute. If you’re on vacation abroad, this delay may probably be even longer – it also depends on your Internet connection (e.g. DSL). In the case of news or normal programs, there is no problem with this – it shouldn’t make any difference really whether the Titanic now sinks 20 seconds earlier or later. So, you probably won’t notice any delay with news or normal programs.
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