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YouTube TV Confirms No Option to Disable Annoying Intro Audio

The new splash screen audio is not proving popular with subscribers and there’s currently no way to remove it.

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YouTube TV has confirmed there is currently no option to disable or turn off the intro sound that’s now in effect on select devices when starting up the app. While it remains to be seen how many platforms the splash screen audio affects, the list does appear to be steadily growing.

Reminiscent of Netflix’s “ta-dum” app launch sound, when subscribers open certain YouTube TV platform apps they are now presented with an audible ‘welcome message’ along with the logo. However, following the launch of the feature, many have taken to social media and forums to note how annoying it is and asking for a way to remove it.

Unfortunately, YouTube TV has confirmed there is currently no option available to disable the sound. The confirmation came via the official TeamYouTube Twitter account, and in response to a question on whether the “unnecessary and loud” app sound can be turned off.

The reply made it clear that the only available option to subscribers is to use this form to register their suggestion through the ‘Send feedback’ section of the YouTube help support website. Of course, whether that will actually result in YouTube TV removing the intro audio, or providing an option to disable or lower the volume, remains to be seen.

If you haven’t heard it yet, you might soon

For those yet to encounter the YouTube TV intro sound, that might only be a temporary situation. It remains unclear when exactly the feature went live, but it appears to have been slowly rolling out to devices over the last month. It is currently in use on select Roku players and devices, as well as Android TV’s Nvidia Shield TV.

There have also been reports of the splash screen audio having made its way to Samsung and LG smart TVs in recent weeks, though this may vary by model. Regardless, it is likely more YouTube TV subscribers will be exposed to the new audio welcome as and when it rolls out, as part of a scheduled future app update.

Not everyone is going to automatically dislike the new audio intro and especially as YouTube TV is not the only streaming service to use sound as a branding method. However, for those that do find it an issue, the options right now are pretty much limited to using a different device, temporarily muting the TV when launching the app, or registering feedback with YouTube TV.

Source: TeamYouTube (Twitter)

John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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