I think at this point that Roku's silence on the issue of adding transcoding from DD+ to DD to the optical audio output of the Roku 4 can be safely taken as their answer. The Roku 4 does not currently, and will not in the future, support DD+ to DD transcoding.
Hopefully I'll get most of it back when I sell it.
This could be a game changer for many with legacy AVRs that don't have Dolby Digital Plus decoding. Roku has apparently seen enough comments in the forum that demonstrate serious interest in getting standard Dolby Digital over the Optical Out on the new Roku 4 that they are considering enabling this feature. I thought this important enough to put in its own thread because it was buried in a much longer thread.
Here's the quote from RokuDale (engineer at Roku) from the other thread:We appreciate your feedback.
The DD+ to DD transcode is a feature we are considering for the Roku-4 but don't have a specific update to share at this time. The Roku-4 hardware will not need to change to add the DD+ to DD transcode capability.
Dolby Digital(DD) and DTS audio streams are already supported via pass-thru to both the HDMI and optical connector.
DD+ is also supported via pass-thru to HDMI, and in some cases it can be sent over the SPDIF optical connector to a receiver that is able to accept the DD+ stream.
OK...this is my final post on this topic unless Roku decides to implement transcoding. I'm not here to bash or troll anyone...just my experience. Installed the Gen 1 Fire TV today, and it is working as expected. I'm now getting DD 5.1 over optical on all streams that advertise 5.1. So this is a viable option for anyone who, like me, has an older but serviceable a/v receiver that cannot process DD+ streams and cannot transcode. As ever, VMMV. If Roku ever makes a positive decision on this topic I'm open to re-evaluating but for now, I have a solution...sorry it couldn't be Roku.
"BLUE SKIES" wrote:
I get 5.1 via HDMI on Amazon Prime and Netflix on my FireTV on a receiver that cannot process DD+ streams and cannot transcode. You figure that out. Roku 4 is like Pinto cars that if you rear ended them they caught on fire. I heard rumors that by 2029 Roku will get us 5.1. Just 13 years and problem solved, be patient.
"BLUE SKIES" wrote:
I get 5.1 via HDMI on Amazon Prime and Netflix on my FireTV on a receiver that cannot process DD+ streams and cannot transcode.