Google is rolling out YouTube TV 5.1 audio support to a bunch of devices earlier this month, but Amazon’s Fire sub-brand was not among those named by the company Mountain View. However, Google currently said it is working to bring 5.1 audio to Apple TV, Fire TV and gaming consoles.
Today, Amazon has confirmed that its Fire TV devices fully support the 5.1 audio function of YouTube TV. That said, if you have a Fire TV Stick 4K Max, Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick Lite, you can now enjoy high-quality 5.1 surround sound while watching YouTube TV.
Of course, even with an Amazon Fire TV device, you will not get 5.1 surround audio if the program you are viewing does not support the feature. To check if the program carries surround sound or not, you should see the audio details in Stats for nerds:
- Open the YouTube TV app on your TV and play a video.
- Go to the player controls, then select More (three dots).
- Select the bug icon.
- Statistics for nerds will be displayed on top of the video while the video is playing.
If the program supports 5.1 audio, you should see AC-3 / EAC-3 in the Codecs section.