Ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, Google today announced they are FINALLY rolling out 5.1 Dolby surround sound audio support, which has been among users’ biggest requests, and is launching a new “4K Plus” plan for YouTube TV subscribers, which would allow subscribers to download shows from their DVR to watch offline on mobile devices and provides access to an unlimited number of streams at home (vs. a max of three simultaneous streams for the regular YouTube TV service.)
YouTube TV’s 4K Plus package is priced at an additional $19.99 per month on top of the standard YouTube TV streaming price, which starts at $65, meaning subscribers could expect to pay $85 per month to watch YouTube TV in 4K, though currently, Google is offering a promotion.
As far as the 5.1 surround sound, IT’S FREE for all users; however, YouTube TV will be adding 5.1 Dolby audio capabilities for “SELECT DEVICES,” available to all subscribers over the coming weeks.
We’re adding 5.1 Dolby audio capabilities for all YouTube TV members, which has been one of your biggest requests. This will start rolling out to select devices over the coming weeks, so you can soon watch movies as if you were in the theater, and enhance your watch experience even more with surround-sound audio.– Google
A YouTube rep said 5.1 Dolby support will be coming first to smart TVs followed by other devices but didn’t have details on manufacturers or models. The rep said a list of supported devices will be on YouTube TV’s help website as rollout commences.
Additionally, YouTube TV will be adding features designed to make it easier to watch live sports, including the ability to jump to a specific sport in a recording, advanced search capabilities to add DVR recordings (including to ability to search by league, team or tournament), and, for the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games — a medal counter to see standings by country in real-time.