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I can confirm that the 4K FireTV Stick isn't capable of 5.1 audio on select YTTV on demand comment as had been reported elsewhere. It puts the two-channel audio in a 5.1 wrapper, which may be the source of the confusion. Unfortunately, that also means you can't use your AVR to process the two-channel audio for surround sound. I tried every audio setting in the 4K stick (and my AVR) to no avail.
The good news is, the 4K Fire TV stick is much faster than my 2016 Roku Ultra and Premiere+, and if I connect it directly into my old Panny plasma, which only sends two-channel audio via optical to my AVR, I can process it for surround sound. The 4K stick's remote is even compatible with my AVR to control volume and mute (which I wasn't expecting). But the best feature of all is the voice remote that allows me to simply say "Skip Forward 3 minutes" at commercial breaks. I'm hoping more voice controls get added soon to the YTTV FireTV app.
The bad news is, I'll have to switch back to my Roku to watch any other streaming app (Netflix, Prime, etc.) if I want 5.1 DD+ audio. First World problems.