As promised, YouTube has finally started rolling out 5.1 audio support to Apple TV users. Surround sound support was first made available on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices back in June 2022. Later in the month, the update was rolled out to various Amazon Fire TV devices including the Fire TV Stick 4k Max, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Stick Lite.
YouTube TV has announced via Twitter that it is rolling out the 5.1 audio support for all compatible Apple TV and Fire TV devices. The firm adds that users will “automatically get 5.1 audio whenever it’s available”. However, they will require a compatible speaker system to experience an enriched sound.
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The latest 5.1 Surround sound update for the YouTube streaming service supports various types of content including live, DVR, and video on-demand. However, the update does not support all types of programmes. In order to check the programme compatibility:
- Open the YouTube TV app on your TV, and play a video.
- Go to the player controls, then select More .
- Select the bug .
- Stats for nerds will be displayed on top of the video while the video is playing.
If surround sound is available for the program you’re watching, you’ll see AC-3/EAC-3 listed in the Codecs section.
The latest 5.1 audio update is not yet available for gaming consoles. However, we can expect the streaming service to roll out the update in the near future. Here’s a list of all surround-sound compatible devices, besides Apple TV:
- Samsung + LG + Vizio devices with Cobalt 20 or above
- Traditional Chromecasts
- Android TV
- Google TV
- Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Stick with 4K Ultra HD
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