Things are looking good for YouTube to remain accessible on Fire TV devices next year. Google has told The Verge, and multiple other news outlets, that they are in “productive discussions with Amazon to reach an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers.”
Google began displaying a message on the Fire TV YouTube app, which is just a browser view of YouTube’s website that is made by Amazon. The message informed users that YouTube would no longer be accessible on Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions after January 1st, 2018.
Yesterday, Amazon began listing the Google Chromecast once again on their website. Its absence was among the reasons Google had for blocking YouTube access on the Fire TV. It seems now that Amazon’s reinstatement of Google’s streaming device is part of ongoing negotiations.
This is great news for Fire TV owners and is great for consumers in general. Having these two companies be at odds end can only lead to more walls being put up between their content and products. Since both make great hardware and offer great services, it’s best for everyone that they reach a mutually beneficial agreement.