YouTube TV Roll-Out Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and launches 4K Plus add-on with offline viewing
Streaming services are gradually displacing traditional cable companies due to their ease of use and lower costs. YouTube TV, a cost-effective live TV streaming service that carries the bulk of your most-watched channels for a fraction of the price of other TV providers, is one of the most popular streaming service options.
However, you’ll need a streaming provider with surround sound if you want to bring that spine-tingling, high-quality audio from the theaters to your home TV. Are You Tube TV a good fit?
What Is YouTube TV?
YouTube TV is a television streaming service owned by YouTube, the video streaming behemoth.
Youtube TV, unlike other popular streaming services such as Netflix and Apple TV, allows you to view live television stations.
It’s being provided as a low-cost alternative to standard cable and dish TV systems, which need installation and have higher prices.
You may watch more than 85 prominent TV stations on You Tube TV, including ESPN, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, ABC, CBS, and others. It’s also popular among sports fans because to the large number of sports networks it includes, such as the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Premium channels such as HBO Max and Showtime can be added for even more entertainment alternatives.
SlingTV and Hulu with Live TV are its main competitors.
If you’re searching for a quality audio experience to go along with your TV viewing, you’re in luck: You Tube TV’s Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound audio will be available starting in the summer of 2021.
All You Tube TV memberships include surrounding sound audio.
In addition, You Tube TV has released a new add-on that allows users to watch programs in 4K, or record them for later viewing. The YouTube TV 4K Plus plan is available for $19.99 per month starting today. That’s on top of the usual You Tube TV subscription of $64.99 per month, so it’s not cheap.
YouTube’s streaming devices will also get 5.1 Dolby surround sound. On a limited number of streaming devices, the capability will be available.
YouTube revealed a few months ago that it was working on 4K streaming and offline downloads, but there was no mention of how much users would have to pay.
Early adopters can sign up for 4K Plus for half price for the first year — $9.99 per month – to ease the blow. A free 30-day trial will be offered to all existing You Tube TV subscribers (handy for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics).
One minor issue is that You Tube TV currently does not have much 4K programming. There are a few films, such as Blade Runner and Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as “chosen live and on-demand entertainment from Discovery, ESPN, Fox Sports, FX, Nat Geo, NBC Sports, and Tastemade.”
Although the firm intends to swiftly extend its 4K offering, for the time being, offline playback, which allows users to download DVR recordings, may be the most compelling reason to pay more for 4K Plus.
You can’t use your web browser to access the feature because it requires the You Tube TV app.
Finally, 4K Plus allows for limitless simultaneous streaming via home Wi-Fi. Otherwise, You Tube TV customers are limited to three simultaneous streams, but Netflix offers 4K streaming on up to four devices.
Google’s cable TV replacement service launched in 2017 and is now only available in the United States. NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, CNN, MTV, Discovery, TBS, NFL Network, and more are among the 85+ live TV channels available for $65 a month.
The Bottom Line
YouTube TV is planned to eventually make this available on all living room devices, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Samsung, LG, and VIZIO. We’ve made contact.