Bad news, Apple TV isn’t getting this key YouTube TV feature anytime soon


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YouTube says it doesn’t currently have a time frame as to when it will roll out 5.1 support to YouTube TV on Apple TV.

The company announced this week that YouTube TV was rolling out 5.1 audio to Google TV, Android TV, and Roku devices this week. By its own admission, YouTube says that it knows customers have been waiting for the update for some time.

It went on to admit that users of devices like the Apple TV 4K (2021) and Apple’s other best Apple TV models are going to have to keep waiting:

We’re still working internally and with partners to enable 5.1 on Apple TV, Fire TV, and game consoles, and we’ll update you here once they’re available.

When pressed, YouTube told one Twitter user “we currently don’t have a time frame as to when will 5.1 audio be available on Apple TV.”

Out in the cold?

YouTube isn’t the only platform not showing any love to Apple TV. At WWDC 2022 this week Apple didn’t even bother to give tvOS 16 any keynote airtime, instead it just quietly rolled out a small upgrade after the event was done, instead giving all of the plaudits to iOS 15, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and the new M2 MacBook Air.

YouTube TV lets users enjoy its programs in 5.1 surround sound when using the app on a compatible device, and the full audio experience is delivered automatically whenever it’s available. Of course, for users of the service, not having 5.1 support on Apple TV is still a big omission, and might even encourage users to shop elsewhere for their home entertainment devices if the feature is really that important to them.

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