Google says they are in ‘productive discussions’ with Amazon to keep YouTube on the Fire TV

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.

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20 comments
  1. Tony Ramirez says:

    If you would have asked me a year ago I would have cared but now YT is just a cesspool of garbage. Don’t get me started on all the profane videos even with the useless restricted mode turned on.

    I can’t even find a decent review of a product I want to buy unless it is a boring unboxing video with no actual review or a video with just music and text done in Movie Maker.

    • AFTVnews says:

      YouTube’s value to me is in individual quality channels that I’m subscribed to. I hardly ever use search or check the trending/recommended videos. If you want a good tech review channel, check out my buddy Lon Seidman.

      • Jim Carter says:

        I wasn’t looking for a tech review channel, but thanks to your remark I’m now a subscriber! Lon does a great job. A nice balance of information to satisfy both the geeks and casual users. I can’t wait to review his collection of past reviews.

      • Tony Ramirez says:

        I already subscribe to his channel (made me buy my next PC) and even Cord cutters news (decided on a Roku). They are great however if they don’t review a product I am going to buy then it is hard.

      • tech3475 says:

        The recommendations can be good, but only after you watch enough quality channels and/or check specific recommendations based on what you’re currently watching.

        For example, I eventually got recommended the eevblog, techmoan, the 8bit guy, gamehut, etc.

        Most of my subscribed channels were discovered this way.

        Channels may also recommend others, ashens eventually lead me to bigclivedotcom when he got mentioned on one episode.

    • Charlie says:

      This guy is free to ignore Youtube or subscribe to stuff befitting his taste. He is I suspect a vocal minority. Youtube rocks. I would have a hard time choosing it or even Netflix. I would probably choose Youtube.

    • FirstWorldProblems says:

      Melodramatic much? There’s lots of worthwhile content on youtube. If you watch garbage then I guess you see garbage as recommendations.

  2. Charlie says:

    Wonder if maybe we will now get an actual app on FTV’s?

    • AFTVnews says:

      I doubt it since the YouTube app, made by Google, for the Android TV is now just an HTML 5 webview, just like Amazon’s current Fire TV app. The only way I see a better YouTube app coming to the Fire TV is if Amazon makes one with the assurance from Google that they’ll have access to the YouTube API without any issues.

      • Charlie says:

        I was able to side load that Android TV app recently, but could not login.

        • tech3475 says:

          Is there any difference? On my Shield TV it seems to be the same as it was on the FTV.

          • Charlie says:

            Not sure I understand, but it’s the Youtube experience, but without logging in to watch what you subscribe to it’s not much use to me. The Youtube channel on the Roku has undergone a pretty interesting overhaul recently.

  3. Patricia says:

    I hope YouTube stays on Fire TV. I enjoy watching YouTube on my TV.

    • Fred_EM says:

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      Guess they will (have to).
      .
      If Google does not come to an agreement with Amazon
      they risk that Amazon will set up a similar service.
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      Amazon has the means and the reach to be a fierce competitor in that space.
      .
      Many YT content creators currently are not so happy with the “de-monetization” of their content.
      .
      Therefore Google should/will not push things too far.
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  4. Fred_EM says:

    OK, good.

    Anyway, I will stick with Startpage and DuckDuckGo
    throughout 2018 and then reconsider.

    Fed up with mess like this.

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  5. Michael says:

    Since Google wants their Chromecast on the Amazon site, maybe Amazon can have their AFTV on the Google device website. Seems like that would be fair.

  6. Dan Dutra says:

    Good start. Maybe now they’ll unblock the Android TV app on non-shield Android TV devices and allow casting.

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