YouTube TV Finally Adds 5.1 Audio to Google TV, Android TV, and Roku


Almost a year ago, YouTube TV announced plans to add 5.1 surround sound support for its streaming TV package. When we spoke with YouTube Product Manager Neal Mohan earlier this year, the The Vergecast about the new features rolling out for the platform, he told us that it will be coming soon. Now it’s here for more devices, including the newest Chromecast with Google TV.

The company announced that, in addition to surround sound support previously existing on Chromecasts and traditional TVs made by Vizio, LG or Samsung, the immersive audio experience is rolling out to Google TV, Android TV and Roku.

According to a support page for YouTube TV, if you have a compatible hardware configuration and the program you’re watching is available with 5.1 audio, it should turn on automatically. If you’re watching something and you’re not sure if it’s playing, one way to check is to open the aptly named “Stats for Nerds” window to see if you can find AC-3/EAC-3 under the codecs section, indicating that you are on the correct stream.


If you’re hoping to get a few more channels but stream your YouTube TV subscription package on another device, like Fire TV, Apple TV, PlayStation, or Xbox, the latest update in March said YouTube “still works internally and with partners” to activate the feature on these platforms.

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