YouTube TV announced ambitions to introduce 5.1 surround sound compatibility to its streaming TV bundle about a year ago. It is now available for other devices, including the most recent Chromecast with Google TV.
In addition to previously existing surround sound compatibility for classic Chromecasts and TVs made by Vizio, LG, or Samsung, the firm revealed that the immersive audio experience is now available on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku.
According to YouTube TV’s support website, if you have a compatible hardware setup and the program you’re watching supports 5.1 audio, it should turn on automatically. If you’re watching something and aren’t sure if it’s coming through, open the appropriately named “Stats for geeks” box and see if you can locate AC-3/EAC-3 under the codecs area, which shows you’re on the correct stream.
If you want to obtain a few extra channels but watch your YouTube TV subscription bundle on a different device, such as Fire TV, Apple TV, PlayStation, or Xbox, the most recent update in March stated that YouTube is “still working internally and with partners” to enable the option on those devices.