Google TV, Android TV, and YouTube TV now offer 5.1 audio

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We’re still working internally and with partners to enable 5.1 on Apple TV, Fire TV, and game consoles, and we’ll update you here once they’re available. For the full list of current compatible devices, check out YouTube has not only announced that it’s rolling out support for Google TV, Android TV and Roku devices but also working to enable this compatibility on other devices in future.

YouTube has announced that 5.1 surround sound will be available on YouTube TV in the near future. Surround sound for YouTube TV was previously only accessible on certain devices from Samsung, LG, and Vizio. YouTube is now expanding its support to include Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices. To get the most out of it, you’ll need one of these compatible devices plus a speaker system, but you’ll finally be able to experience 5.1 on YouTube.


  • “As long as your device and set-up meet the requirements, you’ll automatically get 5.1 audio whenever it’s available for the program you’re watching…Keep in mind that certain channels in YouTube TV won’t offer programs with 5.1 surround sound. If you think you should be getting 5.1 audio for the program you’re watching, the best way to check whether the program carries surround sound is to look at the audio details in Stats for nerds.”

  • Those devices include Apple TV, Fire TV and consoles as well. So if you’ve been waiting with bated breath for surround sound audio on your favourite device then you might not have to wait much longer. YouTube says that getting 5.1 surround sound is easy too:

To open the stats for nerds tool, open the YouTube TV app, navigate to settings and select the bug icon. You’ll then see the details of the video playing and if it has surround sound it’ll show AC-3/EAC-3 listed in the Codecs section


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