YouTube TV is rolling out support for Dolby 5.1 surround sound on more platforms. In addition to Cast-based Chromecasts and select TV models from Samsung, LG and Vizio, the immersive audio experience is now also available on Google TV, Android TV and Roku devices. The list of supported devices includes Chromecast with Google TV.
Google originally announced Dolby 5.1 surround sound for YouTube TV in June last year. The company rolled out the feature to traditional Chromecasts and Samsung, LG and Vizio TVs with “Cobalt 20 or higher” shortly after the announcement. Earlier this year, YouTube TV revealed that it was actively testing the immersive audio experience for more devices.
YouTube TV Tuesday announcement the expansion has finally begun (via). All eligible Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices should get support for Dolby 5.1 surround sound this week. Of course, you’ll need a speaker system that’s compatible with a supported device. If your entertainment system meets all the requirements, YouTube TV automatically plays compatible programs or videos in surround sound. This will greatly improve your listening experience.
You can also check if a program is available in Dolby 5.1 surround sound. So if you’re not sure you’re getting the best audio experience, you can dive into the player controls for the video that’s playing, select the three-dot menu, and select the “bug” icon. This will open a “Stats for Nerds” window at the top of the video. If you see AC-3/EAC-3 in the codecs section, you are consuming the content in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.
To check the Cobalt version of your Samsung, LG or Vizio TV, open the YouTube TV app on the TV and go to your profile picture > About > App version. You will find the version number of Cobalt here. If it’s 20 or more, your TV supports Dolby 5.1 surround sound for YouTube TV.
Dolby 5.1 surround sound for YouTube TV will expand to other devices
In March this year, Google shared an update on the progress of Dolby 5.1 surround sound for YouTube TV. At that time, the company was testing the feature for Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices. Additionally, he also revealed that YouTube TV is “working internally and with partners” to enable the immersive audio experience on Apple TV, Amazon’s Fire TV, and game consoles. This update is unchanged after the last expansion. The company doesn’t seem to have made any noticeable progress yet. We will keep you posted as we have more information.