You need the Roku Ulta. 2016 version. Only that one has the capability to convert everything to DD.I was wondering if someone here could help me sort out 5.1 and ARC with my bedroom setup with a ROKU.
The Sony TV in the bedroom can pass DD 5.1 over optical, and ARC. The Apple TV 4, and blu-ray player in there can both send dolby plus as standard DD 5.1, or if connected directly to the sound bar's HDMI will send Dolby plus.
The problem I am having with ROKU devices with this setup are, if I play media with Plex, I will get DD 5.1 via optical / ARC. However, services like Netflix, Amazon Google, etc, will only send stereo. Device used is Premiere+. The TV in the living room (4k Sony) is much easier to deal with when it comes to secondary connections through the TV vs direct to sound bar. This TV supports Dolby plus, DTS, and standard DD, and DD+ is passed as standard DD, and of course DTS is passed directly.
With the ROKU premiere+ in the bedroom, and the slightly more limited TV, is there a way to force the ROKU to send DD+ as DD since that's what's causing most of the streaming services to send stereo instead of 5.1. I am not sure what the Sony BDP / Apple TV are doing different to work with the ARC connection, but ROKU players and /or my chromeCast won't send standard DD when DD+ is used, so it's converted to stereo.
Setting the Roku to DD, DTS doesn't seem to make a difference, and things are still sent as stereo. I was trying to get the ROKU to play nice on that setup as it's the only device in there that gives me access to FandangoNOW, and Google play movies and TV.
For the standard services, I can pick the Apple TV, or Sony, and be done with it. BTW, I usually have the disc player as the direct HDMI connected device into sound, but If I direct connect the ROKU things work as well. Is this a normal limitation of ROKU players not to play nice with ARC, or TV optical out if DD 5.1 is the only 5.1 format that can be passed ?
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