The games of the 2022 World Cup can be followed in various ways. You can choose between the television signal via cable or satellite or streaming. The difference: While some are already cheering, the players elsewhere are still running around the center circle. But where is the signal fastest?

The desert World Cup in Qatar does not have many advantages – but at least it is so cold in Germany that most windows and doors remain closed. This is a practical way of avoiding a problem at this World Cup that has often caused frustration at previous tournaments during the summer months: the neighbors are already cheering while you don’t even suspect that a shot on goal is about to follow. The reason is often the transmission path of the TV signal. Because a football World Cup finds its way into the living room at home in different ways – and they all have different levels of performance.

World Cup 2022: The fastest way is via satellite

The trade magazine “Teltarif” recently carried out the test with all common types of reception and reveals who cheers first – and who is literally lagging behind. The testers followed the German national team’s game against Japan and Spain’s game against Costa Rica, measuring different reception technologies. The comparison consisted of direct satellite reception, TV cable television, the ARD media library, the Magenta TV app, the TV app Zattoo, 1

As always, the satellite signal clearly won the race. There is no faster way to get the TV signal onto your home screen. The cable network follows in second place, in the case of the test via Vodafone. Here the delay was around two seconds, explains “Teltarif”. If you watch the World Cup via a streaming service, you should get soundproof headphones.

World Cup 2022: Up to 22 seconds delay in streaming

Even the fastest provider, in the case of the test the ARD media library via an Apple TV 4K, was five seconds behind the satellite and therefore three seconds behind the cable signal. Anyone watching the games of the 2022 World Cup on Magenta TV must expect a time delay of ten seconds. “Teltarif” classifies the result as “acceptable”.

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In conclusion, “Teltarif” recommends using satellite reception or cable on the TV if possible. Anyone who absolutely has to use a streaming service – for example in the office – should head for the media libraries of the public broadcasters, as they have the combination of the fastest signal among Internet services and the best picture.