Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

YouTube app is now available on Amazon Fire TV platform

YouTube app is now available on Amazon Fire TV platform

The Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, plus Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs are now supported.

It's been a few months since Google and Amazon made a decision to put down their weapons and collaborate to make everyone's lives easier.

Unfortunately, Echo Show owners are still out of luck - Google's feud with Amazon hasn't fully ended yet, it seems, which means no YouTube app on the device for now.

If you are from the other camp and have been using an Amazon Fire device for streaming TV content, you may be happy that Google has restored Fire TV access to YouTube - again following an app update which you might find queued up if not already applied. Amazon likewise blasted Google for yanking the YouTube app from Fire TV devices by arguing Google was "selectively blocking" access.

That being said, however, there are a few caveats.

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Meanwhile, Amazon has also enabled casting support in its Prime Video app on Android and iOS.

YouTube app on Fire TV. The new YouTube app will be the default YouTube experience for customers using a compatible Fire TV device, effective immediately.

Parallely, both of Google's Chromecast devices, as well as partner TVs and hardware that support Chromecast built-in, or that run Android TV, will now support for Prime Video. Echo Show competes with Google's Nest Hub devices.

"The all-new YouTube app will appear in the "Your Apps and Channels" row on all compatible devices", Amazon explains in a company blog post today. The two companies had previously prevented their respective video services from being available on each other's TV streaming platforms.

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