I want Optical Audio output that can convert DD+ to DD. Please do this so I can buy a Roku 4. I am currently using an Amazon Fire Tv box which I purchased after returning a Roku 3 because the Roku didn't work with my receiver. The Fire Tv only searches Amazon content so something I could watch for free on Netflix doesn't show in the search making it useless. Have Rokus on all my other Tvs. Your earlier XR? unit which had an optic coupler worked fine. I wish you would have kept the optic coupler on all your units. Please enable DD over Toslink so I can lose the Amazon Fire.
It's now been about 4 months since this topic was first broached, and Roku said that they were "considering it". Still not a peep out of Roku about how the "consideration" is going. I'm a patient sort, having been in the IT industry for many years. I know what goes into adding features to a product, but this is getting a bit out there, even for me. There are competing products currently on the market that that already have transcoding (Fire TV), and from the very beginning of the discussion Roku has said that DD+ > DD transcoding is doable via a FW update for the R4. As others have mentioned, the major factor is probably a licensing/cost issue between Roku and Dolby Labs. Regardless, Roku really should try to move the process along to resolution and/or at least give us a clue about what the possibility of DD+ > DD transcoding actually happening is. There are many of us with R4s who bought the device when we saw it had an optical output, thinking that we'd be able to stream DD 5.1 to our older AVRs. Actually we can stream DD over optical, just not DD+, which is what most streaming providers use these days. C'mon Roku...we're waiting...
As others have mentioned, the major factor is probably a licensing/cost issue between Roku and Dolby Labs. Regardless, Roku really should try to move the process along to resolution and/or at least give us a clue about what the possibility of DD+ > DD transcoding actually happening is.
Hi all. My first post here.
I just got a Roku4 recently and I am not too happy about the inability to output Dolby Digital thru the optical output to my receiver. I'm running my DirecTV thru optical with no issues with DD, but you would think that Roku would have this figured out by now. Why have the optical output on the device if it ain't working, other that some sort of backward compatability and/or future proofing. Come on Roku....it probably isn't that hard to figure out.