YouTube TV is to expand the availability of 5.1 surround sound on Google TV, Android TV and Roku devices this week. Prior to the expansion, 5.1 surround sound was only available on Samsung, LG, and Vizio devices running Cobalt version 20 or later. To take advantage of 5.1 audio, you need a compatible device with the YouTube TV app installed and a compatible speaker system.
“We know you’ve been waiting, and it’s… And last but not least finished. 5.1 Audio is rolling out this week on Google TV, Android TV and Roku devices,” YouTube TV said in a statement tweet.
YouTube notes that as long as your device and configuration meet the requirements, you’ll automatically get 5.1 audio when it’s available for the content you’re watching. If you’re not sure if the 5.1 audio comes through, you can check by opening the Nerd Statistics window. If 5.1 audio is available for the program you are watching, you will see AC-3/EAC-3 listed in the Codecs section.
In a tweet, YouTube noted that it is still working internally and with partners to enable 5.1 audio on Apple TV, Fire TV and game consoles, and plans to update users as they become available.
Today’s announcement comes as YouTube TV recently added two Spanish-language options: the Spanish subscription and the add-on, Spanish Plus. The service also recently added support for picture-in-picture on iOS devices running iOS 15 or later. The functionality that allows users to stream videos in a small floating mini player on their home screen while multitasking on their device.