YouTube app to soon available on Amazon Fire TV devices

by April 19, 2019 0 comments

Ending a year-long fight, Amazon today announced that the official YouTube apps will be available on the Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, as well as the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices.

The company also announced that the Prime Video will be broadly available across Android TV device partners, and the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year. Prime members streaming to Chromecast and on Android TV devices will have unlimited access, in the coming months, to thousands of titles and Amazon Originals including Golden Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Homecoming, Hanna and The Widow.

The two tech giants were fighting shortly after YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon’s Echo Show device. In reply, Amazon stopped selling Chromecast and also removed Nest E Thermostat, Nest’s Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system from its online store.

‘We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide. Bringing our flagship YouTube experience to Amazon Fire TV gives our users even more ways to watch the videos and creators they love,’ said Heather Rivera, Global Head of Product Partnerships at YouTube.

With over one billion users, YouTube is the most popular streaming app on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Users will be able to sign in to their existing YouTube account, get access to their full library of content, and play videos in 4K HDR at 60 fps on supported devices.

‘In addition, standalone YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also launch later this year on Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs where available,’ Amazon announced.

‘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,” added Andrew Bennett, Head of Worldwide Business Development for Prime Video.

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