YouTube is Coming Back to Amazon Fire TV

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Mobile, Music + Videos, YouTube with 22 Comments

Hell has frozen over: Google’s popular YouTube service is coming back to Amazon Fire TV in the coming months. In return, Amazon’s Prime Video app is coming soon to Chromecast and Android TV too.

“We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide,” YouTube’s Heather Rivera says. “Bringing our flagship YouTube experience to Amazon Fire TV gives our users even more ways to watch the videos and creators they love.”

“We’re excited to bring the Prime Video app to Chromecast and Android TV devices, and to give our customers convenient access to the shows and movies they love,” Amazon’s Andrew Bennett, Head of Worldwide Business Development for Prime Video. “Whether watching the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, catching teams go head-to-head on Thursday Night Football or renting a new-release movie, customers will have even more ways to stream what they want, whenever they want, no matter where they are.”

As you may be aware, Google and Amazon have been feuding for quite some time, though it’s unclear what set this off. But relations have been warming over the past year. In December, for example, Amazon reinstated the sale of Google Chromecast dongles after having pulled them for its online store because they didn’t “interact well with Prime Video,” causing “customer confusion.” (That this was Amazon’s fault, not Google’s, is perhaps ironic.)

Well, now everything is fine between the two firms.  YouTube is coming back to Fire TV—though the Amazon announcement neatly ignores that it used to be available—and will offer 4K HDR at 60 fps on supported devices. Standalone YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also be available.  And Amazon Prime Video will be updated to (again) support Chromecast and Google Cast.

See? Compromise and common sense are possible.

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