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YouTube TV Tests Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound on Roku, Google TV, Android TV

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Google said it's begun testing Dolby 5.1 surround sound on devices powered by Roku, as well as Google TV and Android TV. 

"We know 5.1 audio is important to many of you, so we wanted to share an update. We’re currently testing 5.1 audio on Google TV, Android TV, and Roku, and if everything runs smoothly, we can expect 5.1 audio to launch on those devices next," reads a message published Monday from the YouTube TV Twitter handle. 

To take advantage of such a feature, of course, users would have to have a five-channel audio system, with subwoofer, supported by Dolby 5.1.

Google has already enabled support for the Dolby 5.1surround sound format on smart TVs made by Samsung, LG and Vizio. 

Dolby 5.1 support for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV are is on the way, Google confirmed. 

"We’re still working internally and with partners to enable 5.1 on Apple TV, Fire TV, and game consoles. We don’t like keeping you waiting, but we’re excited for you to hear 5.1 audio soon. Our current compatible devices can be found here: http://yt.be/yttvsurround (opens in new tab)," YouTube TV added in a follow-up tweet

Daniel Frankel
Daniel Frankel

Daniel Frankel is the managing editor of Next TV, an internet publishing vertical focused on the business of video streaming. A Los Angeles-based writer and editor who has covered the media and technology industries for more than two decades, Daniel has worked on staff for publications including E! Online, Electronic Media, Mediaweek, Variety, paidContent and GigaOm. You can start living a healthier life with greater wealth and prosperity by following Daniel on Twitter today!