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Apple TV and Fire TV devices get surround sound support for YouTube TV

Now you can enjoy surround sound while streaming YouTube TV content on your own Apple TV and Fire TV devices. As The Verge reports, the streaming television service has expanded the set of devices supporting its shows and movies with 5.1 audio after rolling out the ability to Android TV, Google TV and Roku devices back June. YouTube TV first started testing 5.1 channel audio for all those first three devices back March, while also promising to focus on support for Apple TV and Fire TV devices, in addition to for gaming consoles. This rollout covers two out of these three a tweet on the state YouTube TV page says the service continues to be along the way of bringing the ability to consoles.

5.1 Audio Update! We have now support 5.1 audio on Apple TV & Fire TV devices for compatible YouTube TV content (live, DVR, & video on-demand).

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The Help page for YouTube TV doesn’t explicitly mention Apple TV as a supported device yet, nonetheless it does list the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick to 4K Ultra HD. To notice, surround sound isn’t designed for all YouTube TV content, only people with it. As long as a user is streaming on a compatible device, 5.1 audio will undoubtedly be automatically started up. That said, those that want to ensure that it’s designed for a particular video can perform so by playing it, likely to “More” under player controls and selecting the “bug” icon. YouTube TV’s “Stats for nerds” will undoubtedly be displayed near the top of the video, also it should show AC-3/EAC-3 in the codecs section if it has surround sound.

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