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YouTube TV is testing 5.1-channel audio on Android TV and Roku

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YouTube TV should be adding immersive sound to more platforms soon. The service is now to test 5.1 channel audio on Android TV (including Google TV) and Roku devices, and expect to make surround sound available on that hardware if everything goes “smooth”. The company is still working on support for Apple TV, Fire TV and game consoles, so don’t despair if your platform of choice is stuck with stereo.

Right now, 5.1 audio requires either a “traditional” Chromecast (before Google TV) or an LG, Samsung, or Vizio TV set with a version of the YouTube TV app running at least Cobalt 20. The shows themselves should provide surround sound, of course, but the enhancement should kick in automatically when it’s available.

The addition is relatively late when Hulu, Sling TV, and other cord-cutters have offered some form of 5.1-channel output for a while. However, this may give you a reason to try YouTube TV if the audio wasn’t to your liking, and will help you get the most out of your home theater setup.

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