Livestream of England match will have 20-second delay, says BBC

Millions are expected to watch quarter-final game against Sweden on mobile or big screen

Millions of Britons unable to get close to a television will spend Saturday afternoon watching England’s World Cup quarter-final match livestreamed on to their mobile device – but the time delay means they risk overhearing reactions from neighbours to events they are about to see.

Neil Hall, who leads the product team for BBC Sport, said he expected a record number of people to stream Saturday’s match from the broadcaster’s website but, despite big improvements, most online streaming services still have a significant time delay compared with traditional television broadcasts.

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