A 2021 update (1374) came out on January 14th, 20201. No eARC again. Four updates past the promised July 2020 update without eARC.
It's been almost a year. Why are you such a terrible company?
In Feb 2020: Craig Cunningham, Head of Product Marketing, said "nothings changed in regards to that [earc on q90r], we will be updating and supporting [earc] as we originally said". https://youtu.be/NMI7nqS61nI?t=433
In May 2020: Craig Cunningham, Head of Product Marketing for Samsung, said regarding the Q85R and Q90R that the TVs with the OneConnect box will be getting an update for eARC and that "it has been confirmed" for the "Q90R ... the models that support the one connect box". "It's going to be happening soon" https://youtu.be/O_fiUJlcoO8?t=4884
In June 2020: Bruce H., the community manager in the Samsung EU Forum said: "All devices using the MuzeM (T-MSMDEUC) platform will receive the [eARC] update in mid-July. The update has been delayed due to the COVID-19 virus." https://eu.community.samsung.com/t5/audio-video/earc-update-voor-q90r-qled-tv/td-p/1780368/highlight...
I did a quick non-exhaustive search and there have been 116,629 views on forum threads asking for eARC support for the 2019 QLED TVs. Please let us know what is going on with this update. If it was delayed due to COVID (as you've been willing to non-publicly say to journalists), then just come out an tell your customers. For those of us that own the 65" 2019 Q90R QLED and 2019 HW-Q90R Soundbar, we've given your company at least $5,000 each. You at least owe us an update.
Also wondering what the holdup is for Earc? I'm on the Q70R. It's a really snake move if Samsung intentionally doesn't give us the update, just makes me lose trust in them.
I've read in other threads recently that US support had told them that eARC is not coming for the q90R line. If this is true, I won't be buying from Samsung ever again.
When I bought the TV in January, the Samsung sales reps in Bestbuy said it was coming. Now if you go there, they flat out say no and will refer you to 2020 models. At this point, abandon all hope and never forget.
Update: An October update came out (1371.0). I installed it and... no eARC again. I really don't get it anymore.
This update according to the notes contains:
Improved usability 1. Improved browser performance 2. Improved app performance 3. Improved stability 4. Improved usability of input devices
I was hoping eARC was a nonchalant way of saying eARC, but sadly nope. I tested the native apps (Vudu, Netflix, Plex) as well as a device connected to HDMI 4. The settings didn't mention eARC and I couldn't get TrueHD to play via Plex (only transcoding.) Dolby Digital Plus still works on Netflix/Vudu, etc.
The on-device manual does mention eARC on supported devices. I don't know if that was there previously, but if this was intended to be the eARC update, it isn't working on my Q90R QLED TV with HW-Q90R soundbar.
So disappointing Samsung. This is now two updates past the promised eARC update.