Unfortunately, the Apple TV won’t be getting this important YouTube TV feature any time soon

Unfortunately, the Apple TV won't be getting this important YouTube TV feature any time soon

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  • 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.”

  • “At this moment, we don’t have a timeline for when 5.1 audio will be offered on Apple TV.” YouTube TV will not be supported in 5.1 on Apple TV anytime soon. This week, the platform released version 5.1 for Google, Android, and Roku devices. It does not, however, have a timeline for the distribution on Apple devices. YouTube says it doesn’t have a timeline for when 5.1 support for YouTube TV for Apple TV will be available.

We don’t have any announcement yet on when Bally Sports will be available on YouTube TV. For now, we recommend sending your request for it or any of your favorite networks using this form: 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.

With Apple itself investing less time and effort into both Apple TV’s hardware and software, it’s no wonder that other platforms might feel a similar apathy towards the product, which Steve Jobs once described as “just a hobby”. Apple might have some plans to fix that, however, with rumors the company may be planning a low-cost version of the Apple TV, possibly a TV stick of sorts, to help with its ailing pricing strategy. Ming-Chi Kuo preidcts that Apple will launch the device in the second half of 2022.

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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