June 25, 2022

What you need to know

  • YouTube TV finally picks up support for 5.1 surround sound on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices.
  • However, not all live TV channels support 5.1 surround sound and you’ll need a compatible speaker system.
  • Support for this immersive sound experience has yet to arrive for YouTube TV on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and game consoles.

YouTube TV is finally rolling out 5.1 audio support across Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices this week, the service announced on Twitter (opens in new tab). This comes nearly a year after Google announced the immersive sound experience for YouTube TV subscribers.

While the feature is long overdue, it should be available on Google’s live TV streaming service across many of the best streaming devices, such as the Chromecast with Google TV. Google first introduced 5.1 Dolby Audio support for YouTube TV in June of last year, but it was limited to smart TVs from Samsung, LG, and Vizio, as well as traditional Chromecast dongles.