YouTube TV finally adds 5.1 audio on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku

Sharanya Sinha
Sharanya Sinha June 7, 2022
Updated 2022/07/02 at 8:50 PM

YouTube TV revealed ambitions to include 5.1 surround sound compatibility for its streaming TV bundle about a year ago. Neal Mohan, the chief product officer for YouTube, promised us that the new capabilities will be available soon when we spoke with him earlier this year on The Vergecast about the platform’s upcoming updates. It is now available for additional gadgets, including the most latest Google TV Chromecast. The business said that the immersive audio experience is coming to Google TV, Android TV, and Roku in addition to the previously available surround-sound compatibility for conventional Chromecasts and TVs produced by Vizio, LG, or Samsung.

If you have a compatible hardware configuration and the show you’re watching is available with 5.1 audio, it should activate immediately, claims a YouTube TV support website. If you’re viewing anything and unsure if it’s coming through, you can verify by opening the appropriately called “Stats for geeks” box and looking under the codecs area to see if you can find AC-3/EAC-3, which shows you’re on the right stream. The most recent update in March stated that YouTube is “still working internally and with partners” to make the feature available on those platforms, so if you’re hoping to get a few extra channels but stream your YouTube TV subscription package on another device, like Fire TV, Apple TV, PlayStation, or Xbox, you should be aware of this.

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The support website for YouTube TV(opens in a new tab) offers a way to determine whether a show supports 5.1 surround sound. Play a video on your smart TV’s YouTube TV app. After that, pick “More” from the player controls, click the bug symbol, and “Stats for geeks” will show up above the video playing. In the Codecs section, AC-3/EAC-3 ought to be mentioned, suggesting that the show you’re watching supports 5.1. It’s important to note again that not every content on YouTube TV is offered in 5.1 surround sound.

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