I remember I bought a Chromecast in 2016 and wasn’t able to get 5.1 sound out of it. I read it was because it didn’t supoort Dolby Digital, only Dolby Digital Plus for some stupid reason.
I then bought an Apple TV and never had an issue for years.
In 2022, almost 2023, I got a Chromecast with Google TV for my family because the box said it now supported Dolby Digital. We installed it (probably the longest set-up ever) and it turns out that it only plays Netflix and Disney+ with stereo sound, it doesn’t even show the 5.1 badge in the apps. The settings say that Dolby Digital is enabled, HBOMax plays 5.1 but not Netflix or Disney+.
I really can’t believe it’s been more than 6 years and Google can’t solve the problem that every other streaming device can do without issue.
Google TV does supports it. It is working just fine with my current setup.
My older TV did had problems. I think it has something to do with your TV and audio setup.
Are you using ARC/eARC or optical?
Thanks for the help here, RXShorty — I appreciate it!
Hass, adding to what our Product Expert mentioned, the Chromecast devices outputs surround sound if a particular app supports it, and if the Audio/Video Receiver (AVR) or TV it's plugged into tells the Chromecast over Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) that it supports 5.1, AC3, and AC3/EAC3 surround sound. If the TV or AVR do not support one of these settings, Chromecast will not output surround sound.
Note: Supported sites like YouTube and Netflix will perform best using direct playback vs. casting the tab, however: