YouTube TV finally tests Dolby Surround 5.1 on Google TV / Android TV

YouTube TV, which offers a large selection of TV channels in the US, will soon offer 5.1 audio to its users with Google TV and Android TV devices.

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Dolby Surround 5.1 allows you to enjoy a movie or series with multi-channel sound and is widely used by people who have home cinema. 5.1 surround sound is noticeably available on Netflix, provided of course you have the right equipment and the choice of compatible content. YouTube TV, currently not available in France, is a Google service that allows you to watch a large number of live TV channels in the United States. 5.1 audio is already introduced, but not for everyone.

5.1 Audio coming soon on Android TV and Google TV

Thanks to a tweet from YouTube TV, we learned that the platform is currently testing Dolby Surround 5.1 audio support on the new OS: Google TV, Android TV, and Roku. If the test is final, the update will be applied. Good news, especially for Chromecast owners with Google TV.

We know 5.1 audio is important to many of you, so we wanted to share an update. We’re currently testing 5.1 audio on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku, and if everything works smoothly, we can expect 5.1 audio to play on these devices next.

YouTube TV March 28, 2022

So far, only a few smart TV models from Samsung, LG and Vizio have been allowed with 5.1 audio.

However, YouTube TV specifies that 5.1 is still not in the software for other platforms such as Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox, or PlayStation. Google says they still work “Internally and with partners” to integrate 5.1. As for the big question of whether YouTube TV will ever reach our lands, it remains unanswered…

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