YouTube TV Rolling Out 5.1 Audio Surround Sound across Roku, Android TV, and More

YouTube TV Rolling Out 5.1 Audio Surround SoundYouTube TV Rolling Out 5.1 Audio Surround Sound

YouTube TV is expanding the Dolby 5.1 Audio Surround Sound across Roku, Android TV, and Google TV this week. YouTube already released the first service of 5.1 Dolby Audio support in June 2021 for limited smart TVs from Samsung, Vizio, LG, and the Orginal Chromecast. That means the user can’t utilize their home theater while watching movies and other content from YouTube TV on their streaming box. Read More Roku OS 11 Released: Here’s What’s New and Supported devices

In March 2022, the company tested the beta version of 5.1 Audio for Roku, Android TV, and Google TV. Over two months later, the publicly Dolby 5.1 Audio surround sound was finally released for all platforms.

5.1 Surround Sound Systems

Official YouTube TV announced this big update on Twitter – “We know you’ve been waiting, and it’s finally ready. 5.1 Audio is rolling out this week across Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices”

YouTube TV 5.1 Audio Surround Supported Devices

  • A Supported TV device.
    • Samsung,  LG, and Vizio devices with Cobalt 20 or above
    • Traditional Chromecasts
    • Android TV
    • Google TV
    • Roku
  • A compatible speaker system.
  • Channels that support 5.1 audio.

If AC-3/EAC-3 is shown in the Codecs section, the program is outputting 5.1 surround sound audio.

How to Check the Cobalt version on YouTube TV?

To check the Cobalt version of your Smart TV, Samsung, LG, or Vizio TV, open the YouTube TV app on the TV and go to your Profile Photo >> About >> App Version. You will find the Cobalt version number here.

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YouTube also confirmed Fire TV, Apple TV, Xbox, and PlayStation are supports 5.1 surround sound. But it takes some time to be publicly released.

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