Any time you have competing companies that provide both hardware and services, you’re bound to get some tensions. The tensions between Amazon and Google have been high when it came to their Fire TV and Chromecast platforms. The two technology/advertising companies resisted allowing each others streaming services on their platforms.
But now, YouTube is finally back on Fire TV after Google pulled it due to a disagreement with Amazon. And just to show that everyone is chummy again, Amazon Prime Video is now available to Chromecast owners.
Amazon says that YouTube will be able to stream to the following devices
- Fire TV Stick Basic, 2nd Gen, and 4K editions
- Fire TV Cube
- Toshiba TVs
- Insignia TVs
- Element TVs
- Westinghouse TVs
Unlike the web browser workaround that Fire TV owners have had to use since Google pulled the original app, the official release is a full-fledged Fire TV app, complete with Alexa voice controls that will let users easily find content to watch.
Amazon promises that more Fire TV devices will be getting the YouTube app “in the coming months,” along with support for YouTube Kids and the live YouTube TV service that’s set to release later this year.The Verge
Amazon’s Echo Show devices are excluded from this deal so you won’t get YouTube on any of that hardware. Google added that the Amazon Prime Video app will now work with their Chromecast allowing for the casting of your favorite Prime Video content. You should also see a wider distribution of the Amazon Prime Video app to Android TVs as well.
It’s always good to see two companies iron out their disagreements and come to an accord that benefits the users. It can be deeply frustrating for users to have to buy multiple hardware pieces to make their content streaming experience better. Let’s hope this new agreement lasts a good long time.Source: The Verge