YouTube TV Adds 4K Package, 5.1 Dolby Audio & Other Features Ahead Of Tokyo Olympics

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What channels are 4k on Youtube TV?

Currently, when you search "4K" on YouTube TV, most of the results are from Discovery 4K, Nat Geo in 4K and Tastemade in 4K. There's no 4K sports broadcast planned in the next eight days by NBC, Fox Sports or ESPN, according to the service's guide. USA TODAYYouTube TV: Download videos and stream in 4K with new 4K TV Plus feature, but it will cost you

Alongside a new streaming tier added today, YouTube TV is debuting a new feature for its subscribers. Soon, YouTube TV will offer 5.1 Dolby surround sound on supported content.

In a blog post today announcing the “4K Plus” tier, YouTube TV announced that 5.1 Dolby surround sound would start rolling out “in the coming weeks.” There’s no mention of exactly what content will be supported, but movies are directly referenced. Presumably, most content will support the fairly standard audio feature.

Notably, though, there will apparently be device restrictions to this as well. YouTube mentions the rollout will come to “select devices” without mentioning what is and what won’t be supported. It stands to reason that Roku devices won’t get support immediately, given the ongoing standoff between YouTube TV and Roku.

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.

Dolby 5.1 surround sound will be added to YouTube TV at no added cost on top of the $64.99 monthly base charge.

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YouTube TV Rolling Out 5.1 Surround Sound, Launches 4K Ultra HD Add-On Package

Variety 28 June, 2021 - 06:30pm

By Todd Spangler

YouTube TV is finally rolling out 5.1 Dolby surround sound audio support — which has been among users’ biggest requests — and is launching a premium “4K Plus” service tier.

The 4K Plus add-on package, in addition to providing the option watch select content in 4K, also lets subscribers 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 will be available at an additional $19.99 per month regularly, on top of the base $64.99/month price. In an introductory promo offer, new YouTube TV customers can get 4K Plus for $9.99/month for 12 months.

According to YouTube, 4K Plus will let subscribers watch “major sports events this summer” in 4K; live content from networks including NBC; sports like college football and basketball later this year; and on-demand content from FX, Discovery and Tastemade. YouTube had announced plans for the 4K tier earlier this year.

“With a compatible 4K-enabled TV and/or streaming device, you can enjoy watching content in one of the best, most crisp resolutions,” Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, wrote in a blog post Monday announcing the launch.

On the sound front, YouTube TV will add 5.1 Dolby audio capabilities for “select devices,” available to all subscribers over the coming weeks, according to Mohan.

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 the rollout commences.

In addition, YouTube TV is adding features designed to make it easier to watch live sports. Those include the ability to jump to a specific sport in a recording (e.g., a tennis women’s singles event), 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.

YouTube TV is now available in 4K with 5.1 surround sound – but it costs extra

TechRadar 28 June, 2021 - 03:50pm

YouTube TV’s new 4K package costs $10 extra per month for the next 12 months

It’s part of a new package called YouTube TV 4K Plus that will offer higher-resolution streaming content from cable networks like NBC, ESPN, FX, Discovery Networks and more as well as 5.1 surround sound, unlimited streams to the same household and offline downloads for later playback.

That’s a lot of extra value for Google’s now five-year-old service – however, it’s not going to be a free upgrade. According to Google, the 4K Plus package will set you back an additional $10 per month for the first 12 months and then jump to an extra $20 per month after that. 

Considering the base package already costs $64.99 per month, the future cost of the service with 4K Plus tacked on will rival packages from most major cable providers – something Google had actively tried to avoid when it first launched its streaming service.

The counterpoint here is that the latest crop of services – Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus – don’t charge extra, it’s just one flat fee. 

Without seeing the streaming quality (and quantity of the content) for ourselves, it’s hard to make a judgment call whether it’s worth subscribing to the new 4K Plus package or not. For an extra $10 per month it seems worth it – especially if you plan on downloading shows to watch later and have multiple people in the house (more than three or four) who all watch YouTube TV simultaneously. 

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YouTube TV adds 4K and offline downloads, but it'll cost you

TechSpot 28 June, 2021 - 01:32pm

4K Plus enables users to watch 4K content on YouTube TV for the first time. You’ll need a 4K-compatible TV and streaming device, mind you, and the selection of content will no doubt be quite limited.

In its announcement, YouTube said subscribers will “have access to watch major sports events this summer in 4K, plus live content from networks like NBC and ESPN, sports like college football and basketball later this year and on-demand content from FX, Discovery Networks, Tastemade and more.”

The add-on also lets users download shows to watch offline. A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge that anything recorded to a user’s cloud DVR from the base channel package can be downloaded for offline viewing.

Another noteworthy perk is unlimited streams at home. With the YouTube TV base package, you can only have three simultaneous streams running at any given time. 4K Plus enables unlimited streams over your home Wi-Fi, meaning everyone in the family can watch whatever they want at the same time.

YouTube further announced it is adding 5.1 Dolby audio capabilities for all users. This feature will start rolling out on select devices over the coming weeks, we’re told.

4K Plus is available from today for an additional $19.99 per month. For a limited time, however, users can snag a one-month free trial and lock in a rate of $9.99 per month for the first year. This is on top of the standard $64.99 monthly rate for YouTube TV.

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