YouTube TV adds 5.1 audio on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku but not Fire TV and Apple TV

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.

9 comments
  1. Jim Carter says:

    So much for Google’s war with Roku?

  2. Greg says:

    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.

  3. Jay says:

    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?

  4. Charlie says:

    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.

  5. Art says:

    But lip sync is now off.

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