On Google TV, Android TV, and Roku, YouTube TV now has 5.1 audio

On Google TV, Android TV, and Roku, YouTube TV now has 5.1 audio

On Google TV, Android TV, and Roku, YouTube TV now has 5.1 audio

On Google TV, Android TV, and Roku, YouTube TV now has 5.1 audio (Credits: Google)

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  • YouTube TV will soon support 5.1 surround sound.
  • It’s coming to Google TV, Android TV, and Roku as well as Chromecasts and TVs built by Vizio, LG, or Samsung.

YouTube TV revealed ambitions to introduce 5.1 surround sound compatibility to its streaming TV bundle about a year ago. When we asked YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan about new features coming to the site earlier this year on The Vergecast, he said it will be shortly. It’s now available for a wider range of devices, including the newest Chromecast with Google TV.

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The immersive audio experience is coming to Google TV, Android TV, and Roku, in addition to previously existing surround sound compatibility on classic Chromecasts and TVs built 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 switch on automatically, according to a YouTube TV support website. Whether you’re viewing anything and aren’t sure if it’s coming through, open the appropriately called “Stats for geeks” box and see if AC-3/EAC-3 is listed under the codecs section, which shows you’re on the right stream.

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If you want to get a few extra channels but watch your YouTube TV subscription package on a different device, such as a Fire TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, or Xbox, the most recent update in March stated that YouTube is “still working internally and with partners” to make the feature available on those platforms.

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