Things I Hate About TV: Satellite delay
You know what I mean: you're watching a newsanchor interview someone who is in another part of the world, via satellite, with a little earpiece shoved in their ear, and there's a 2 second delay in the words getting to that person. I don't really get that, but the thing that bugs me is the fact that the interviewee (and often the experienced interviewer him/herself) always manages to forget to wait a beat and answer only after they are sure that the other person is finished talking. They always seem to start talking, only to be interrupted by the interviewer finishing the question, and then they have to stop, and they stutter, and it just makes for really awkward television. It's happening this week on NBC as they cover the Olympics in Italy.
I don't really know the technology involved, but it seems odd to me that I can sit at home in front of my TV and watch both people talking, and I can hear them both in real time no problem. Isn't there something they can do so they experience their conversation the same way that us viewers do, so there is no awkward delay?