You can now enjoy surround sound while streaming YouTube TV content on your Apple TV and Fire TV devices. As The edge The streaming television service has reportedly expanded the list of devices supporting its shows and films with 5.1 audio after rolling out the feature to Android TV, Google TV and Roku devices back in June. YouTube TV began testing 5.1-channel audio for those first three devices back in March, while also promising to work on support for Apple TV and Fire TV devices, as well as gaming consoles. This rollout covers two of those three – a tweet on the official YouTube TV page says the service is still in the process of bringing the feature to consoles.
5.1 audio update! 🔈🔉🔊 We now support 5.1 audio on Apple TV and Fire TV devices for compatible YouTube TV content (Live, DVR and Video-on-Demand).
If you are a gaming console user we are working to get this to you as soon as possible and will post live updates here. pic.twitter.com/8Pmxrt1WqU
— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) September 6, 2022
That YouTube TV help page Doesn’t explicitly mention Apple TV as a supported device yet, but lists Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Stick with 4K Ultra HD. Note that surround sound isn’t available for all YouTube TV content, only those that have it. As long as a user is streaming on a compatible device, 5.1 audio is automatically turned on. Those who want to make sure it’s available for a specific video can do so by playing it, going to “More” under the player controls and selecting the “Bug” icon. YouTube TV’s “Stats for Nerds” is shown at the top of the video, and it should show AC-3/EAC-3 in the codec section if it’s in surround sound.
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