Originally Posted by passingbat
If you have an older AV amp that doesn't decode the '+' version of Dolby Digital, then using the optical out on the WD TV Live Streaming media player, gives regular DD 5.1. I have to connect this way in my bedroom setup which uses my old AV amp.
Sorry--the only Netflix 5.1 sound capable devices which I have (and I have several) which require a DD+ capable AVR are my Roku 2 XS, Roku 3 and the Win8 Netflix app. Rokus cannot process either Dolby format, something which I believe they omit to keep the price low; they merely pass DD and DD+ through untouched. That's not a problem for basic DD 5.1, since there are few (if any) surround sound AVRs which can't process basic DD 5.1 or basic DTS but there are quite a few still in use which can't process the advanced Dolby and DTS formats (DD+, TrueHD, DTS HD HR and DTS HD MA). BD players have
to license Dolby tech as part of their primary function, and mine all can convert DD+ into basic DD (suitable for S/PDIF) or decode it into 5.1 channel LPCM (requiring HDMI), but I'm a bit surprised that the WD TV products process it. I suppose I shouldn't be, since the Dolby and DTS logos are featured on the enclosure. You won't find Dolby mentioned anywhere in any Roku documentation or sales literature.