I need some help/guidance in how to listen to TV shows/movies in 5.1 surround sound. I have explained below what I have done so far to connect everything I have:
I have a Samsung 39" LED tv (Model # UN39EH5003F) and a Sony DAV DZ170 HTIB system. I have connected all speaker wires to appropriate ports on the rear of dvd player. I have connected the optical audio (TOSLINK) out from TV to the optical audio in on the DVD player. I have an at&t Uverse box which is used as wireless internet as well as streams tv channels. I have also connected a HDMI cable from the at&t uverse box to the samsung TV (to stream channels in HD).
The issue is When I insert a DVD in the DVD player to watch movies, I am able to listen from 5.1 Speakers. However, when I watch TV channels/movie I am able to get sound only from the front speakers. Surround system does not work even when I change the audio setting to external speakers and mute the internal TV speakers.
I also connect my laptop to the TV via HDMI cable to watch movies. The same problem happens - front speakers work and no sound from the surround speakers.
Please let me know if there is anything I am connecting incorrectly? or do I need any additional device/cable to listen from all 5 speaers?
I do know if I use an AV receiver, the problem would be solved. However, I would like to know if it is possible to avoid using an AV receiver by all means and still get the sound effect I need.
I primarily would like to listen in all 5 speakers when I connect my laptop to TV to stream movies online. Please help me out in achieving this. I appreciate any help/suggestions.