Can anyone confirm DD+ over ARC using Google Play Movies?
First off, my apologies in advance if this question has already been answered. I attempted find one within this thread but didn't (you'd think with 18,000+ posts, it would be in here, right?!?)
My query is as follows (TL;DR? See the title):
I've owned a 900E for about a year now, and it's a great unit. However, I'm disappointed that I can't use all of the streaming apps to watch movies with 5.1 sound. Of course, Netflix and Amazon offer DD 5.1 without a problem, whereas Youtube, Google Play Movies, and Hulu don't. As I've discovered in my research, part of the issue with these three is that the provider/app is the problem. Hulu is threatening to roll out 5.1 support, though I'm not holding my breath on that. Youtube (which concerns me less) only offers stereo. The biggest concern to me is Google Play Movies, which we use fairly often.
Again, my research has indicated that the content offered up via Google Play Movies provides a 5.1 experience via DD+. Unfortunately for me, my rig includes an older Sony preamp (TA-E9000ES) that only offers DD decoding, and I've got it connected via an optical link. So that's a double whammy: Optical links don't support anything beyond DD and dts 5.1, and the preamp can't handle anything beyond that anyway. What I was hoping for was that the 900E would re-encode (so to speak) the 5.1 DD+ down to 5.1 DD and then pump that out over the optical link, but that's not happening; I only get 2-channel audio for Google Play Movies.
The discussions I've seen on Google Play Movies and the DD+ content is that it's available via an HDMI ARC connection, though those discussions have not been specific to the 900E. That's a perfectly reasonable option for me to entertain (i.e., upgrade my preamp), but before I go and drop a significant chunk of change of a new unit, I'd like to know if anyone out there has their 900E connected to a receiver via HDMI ARC and can confirm proper operation with DD+?
If you can answer that question for me, that would be hugely appreciated! And if you wouldn't mind, in your answer please indicate what receiver you're using (I assume that any ARC-enabled receiver capable of decoding DD+ should work, but you never know).
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help!