YouTube TV, the paid streaming TV service, has announced that 5.1 surround sound audio is finally supported on more devices, via The Verge. Smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and Vizio, as well as the traditional remote-less Chromecast have supported 5.1 audio for a while but now Google is adding support for Google TV devices, like the 2020 Chromecast with Google TV, Android TV devices, like the Nvidia Shield TV, and select Roku devices. Devices that don’t yet include 5.1 audio support are all Fire TVs, Apple TVs, PlayStation, and Xbox. Google says that it is “still working internally and with partners” to add 5.1 audio support to more devices, so there’s still hope for it coming to more devices.
6/23/22 Amazon has stated that YouTube TV 5.1 surround sound is now supported on the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Stick Lite.
So much for Google’s war with Roku?
YouTube TV has been saying that 5.1 audio support is coming for a full year now, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were obligated to bring it to Roku from some prior arrangement that predates the war.
Why Has it Taken them So long and why No Mention of Dolby Vision For YouTube TV and For YouTube. Like Disney+ and Netflix Etc. As Well.
I Think YouTube TV, YouTube, and Google Don’t really care Course They Are So Big that they don’t care. Course people will watch and Pay anyway.
Will this be a World Wide Update or Be limited to The USA,Canada and Maybe The UK,Europe.
Or because Android based devices require an app update, while Roku just needed a server side update.
OK. There’s 5.1 Surround Sound, 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, 5.1 Dolby+ Surround Sound.
Then There’s 5.1 Dolby Atmos. And The Dolby Range.
Then There’s DTS 5.1 Range.
Knowing YouTube, YouTube TV, and Google it will just plain 5.1 Surround Sound.
So it will be interesting to see if it’s The Real 5.1 Surround Sounds Formats. Or 2.0 Dress up to Sound like 5.1 Surround Sound Formats.
I’m curious about the reasons for the lack of 5.1 audio on those devices listed. Is it simply due to technical reasons, or are there other financial or business concerns?
Not a subscriber, but how is it possible YouTube TV doesn’t already have 5.1 Dolby Audio? I find this kind of shocking in 2022.
But lip sync is now off.