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On Demand Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio

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On Demand Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio

I'm bringing this up again because I've never seen a definative answer from Comcast on why any On Demand programs (HBO series for example) only come thru as 2 Channel stereo encoded as 5.1 channel, last time I looked. Also, my X1 box died Sunday morning and I had to wait until today (Tuesday) for a service tech to come and check things out. He replaced the X1 box and I found that the recent DVR recordings I had made were still listed (on the Cloud?) but when I played them back the audio was only 2 Channel. Properly presenting them in 5.1 channel sound can't be an insurmountable problem, so I suspect there's a reason they don't WANT to do it.

Grumble... grumble, with the price we pay it should be a no-brainer.



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Re: On Demand Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio

Just to clarify, I am connected to my audio receiver with the optical port. DD 5.1 is selected in setup. The HDMI goes to my Panasonic TV, which probably doesn't support DD 5.1.


I was reading some posts from 2014 about the same problem... nothing seems to have been done about it. Anyone else have a solution? The general opinion is that the audio is not properly implemented for all cases. I guess the general population doesn't know or care about 5.1 channel audio, they're happy listening to their tinny TV speakers and those who seek technical excellance are in the minority.



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