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Hulu + Live TV Adds 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound to Select Live Channels

Jason Gurwin

Hulu users can now access Dolby Digital 5.1 on select live channels, the company told The Streamable. This comes a few months after they added Dolby Digital support to on-demand content on Apple TV devices, which joins a long list of devices that support the better audio format.

While there is no list of provided channels, the exact channels that support the format will depend on your device. This is a similar situation which is happening with YouTube TV, which rolled out a similar feature last month.

The company says that the feature is rolling out to select users starting on Thursday. In August, Hulu rolled out HDR support on their original content.

With the update, 5.1 Dolby Digital support is available across a wide variety of content now including live channels and Hulu Originals like The Handmaid’s Tale and other SVOD content like This Is Us and Modern Family. You will notice which content has it (and whether you’ve gotten the update) by the badge below the show description.

Hulu has had 5.1 available on on-demand content on many devices including Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku, which added it in December 2019.

Hulu Devices with 5.1 Support

  • Android TV (select models)
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast*
  • Fire TV (3rd generation and Cube) and Fire TV Stick 4K
  • LG TV (WebOS 3.0 and above)
  • Mac Safari
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Nintendo Switch
  • PlayStation 3
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku and Roku Stick
  • Samsung TV (select models)
  • VIZIO SmartCast TVs
  • Xbox One
  • Xfinity X1 TV Boxes
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