Official YouTube and YouTube TV apps from Google are coming to Amazon Fire TV devices

Amazon and Google have just jointly announced that an official YouTube and YouTube TV app will be coming to Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition televisions later this year. Additionally, Amazon Prime Video will be coming to Android TV devices and Chromecasts. The long disagreement between the two companies that has kept their services apart seems to finally be coming to an end.

Three Google apps will be coming to Fire TV devices. The first is a YouTube app to access youtube.com content. The app will be capable of streaming 4K HDR content at 60 fps. That’s an important distinction because one of the downsides of the Fire TV’s current YouTube access through the Silk and Firefox browsers is its limitation to 4K non-HDR content at 30 fps. The YouTube app will also support Alexa, so you’ll be able to better search and control playback of YouTube content by voice.

In addition to a YouTube app, Fire TVs will also be getting a YouTube TV app. YouTube TV is Google’s streaming cable replacement service that offers 70+ networks for $49.99 per month. YouTube TV has never officially been available on Fire TV devices. The final app coming to Fire TVs is a YouTube Kids app which provides child-friendly content from YouTube.

Android TV users will be getting an official Prime Video app from Amazon. Select Android TV devices, like the Shield TV, already have a Prime Video app due to a direct arrangement between Amazon and the device manufacturer, but now it sounds like all Android TV devices will soon be able to download the Prime Video app. Amazon’s Prime Video apps for mobile devices will also be receiving support for Google’s Chromecast devices.

I’m not going to bother summarizing the entire disagreement history between Amazon and Google, but, for years now, the two companies have kept their streaming services off of the other’s streaming platforms. There are still questions to be answered about their relationship, like whether Amazon Echo Show devices will once again receive access to YouTube through an interface other than Silk and Firefox, but, for now, the arrival of YouTube and YouTube TV on Fire TV devices is a huge step in the right direction.

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34 comments
  1. Ulises Rodriguez says:

    Very happy to know that this long disagreement between Amazon and Google, finally will be solved.

    Really a great news!!

    • Ulises Rodriguez says:

      Elias, I forgot to thank you, for always keeping us informed about everything concerning the Amazon FireTV… 1000Tanks !!!

    • AR says:

      but it’s not solved it won’t be solved until we get confirmation that youtube is coming back to echo show devices

      If Amazon didn’t get YouTube back on echo show then it is a very raw deal for Amazon
      especially since it says that prime video is coming to chromecast devices
      for all intents and purposes the Google home hub IS a chromecast device

      So i assume it will also have the ability to stream Amazon prime video to it
      but echo show as of now is not confirmed to be getting YouTube ability back which gives Google and their Google home hub a slight upper hand

      i say slight and i mean VERY slight because Google assistant youtube integration is complete crap and never ever works anyways i suspect that the Alexa integration with YouTube will work 1000 times better than it does with POS Google assistant

      trying to ask my home hub or Google home paired to a CC to play a YouTube video is such a nightmare that i never use it

      The problem is that Google is retarded and never should have called their music service YouTube music , their retarded assistant will never play YouTube videos even when you specifically say “SHOW ME xxx on YouTube” it still says “you need a Youtube music subscripting to HEAR that on YouTube” or it asks you to sub to red or it asks you set a default music service or it just doesn’t work at all
      or if it does work after trying to ask it 50 different ways before it finally decides to play something then it shows totally unrelated content

      i suspect that since there would be no such confusion using alexa that it will work much better , Google just sucks at everything they do

    • Rokulover says:

      Too late!!! I bought Roku streaming. One thing about roku is its youtube is free of ads while streaming long video clips. Ads are only at beginning of the clips. Once you skip them, no more ads during the clips are playing. Another word, there will be no ads if you are playing a 2-hour video clip.

  2. JFC says:

    That’s great news on both the Fire TV and Android TV fronts, if both sides actually end up implementing all the details of what’s being reported here.

    Unfortunately, the planned addition of an official YouTube TV app for the Fire TV devices is coming a bit too late for me, as YTTV’s recently announced fee increase from $35 to $50 was enough to drive me to cancel the YTTV subscription I’d had for quite some time.

    No price grandfathering of original subscribers. No tiers or optional groups of regular cable channels to include or exclude. A bunch of newly added cable channels that I’ve never watched and never would watch. And for the privilege of all that, an overnight 42% price increase.

    No thanks!

  3. Narvaez says:

    I hope google play services will be possible in the Firestick 4k devices and all fire tv devices.

    • hegemon13 says:

      Yeah, that’s never gonna happen. They’ve spent the last several years further restricting Play Services and using Play Services to force manufacturers to make only official Android products. (I understand the challenges of the other extreme, too, which would be a highly fragmented install base.) Whether you agree with that or not, the point is that allowing Amazon Fire OS to have Play Services would directly violate the terms of use they have been enforcing with other manufacturers for years.

      • tech3475 says:

        The biggest reason why they wont get them GMS certified is because Amazon sells the devices with the intent to have users make purchases from them.

        It’s one reason why the hardware is relatively cheap, it’s because they want to make it up through their store like with consoles.

  4. xnamkcor says:

    I’m still glad I have the real YouTube app and services on my Fire TV because “Official” doesn’t always mean “Complete” or “Normal”.

    • Dave says:

      You’re correct. “Official” could mean “feature-filled”, “up-to-date”, “secure”, “stable”, and best of all, “widely available”.

  5. Gerard Pinzone says:

    I still will be using the Smart YouTube TV app: https://smartyoutubetv.github.io/

    Much, eh, cleaner experience.

    • Y314K says:

      Yes, much better option. Faster update cycles & direct updates from the developer. Will be sticking to SYTV too.

    • Ulises Rodriguez says:

      I will be sticking to SmartYoutube too…

      Because as Y314K already said, I really believe that “it’s a Much Better Option, Faster Update Cycles and Direct Updates from the Developer.”

      However, we are glad that at last both companies have reached an agreement to allow their media players to be able to access the content of the opposite… I think that both the owners of a FireTV and those of a Google-Chromecast/AndroidTV, will greatly appreciate this gesture.

      • Adam says:

        Same on SmartYoutube.

        Speaking as one of the unwilling pawns casually assumed by Google and Amazon in this fight, I want to thank them for prompting me to move to SmartYoutube, something I wouldn’t have done otherwise.

        I won’t be coming back.

        But, hey, glad everything worked out between you two, good luck with your ad-based model.

      • Y314K says:

        Forgot to mentioned that the developer also makes all three versions already. ( https://smartyoutubetv.github.io/ )

        YouTube
        YouTube Live
        YouTube Kidz

        So it is the best option all around.

        I do hope Amazon & YT corraborate more in the future like they are now.

  6. AJ says:

    Need this to come to the Echo Show too!

  7. Rob says:

    Hopefully Amazon will update their “Prime Video” on the Sheild TV to support auto refresh rate switching. Not holding my breadth….but I can only hope.

  8. Jay says:

    I think that all of the current and upcoming video streaming services realize that they need to be on as many different kinds of hardware as possible, otherwise, they would be at a financial disadvantage.

    The addition of these official YouTube apps along with the recent availability of Apple music on Fire TV hardware, and the upcoming iTunes app that will be coming to a variety of non-Apple hardware, all make the various streaming devices themselves seem even more similar. I think this begins to breakdown, at least somewhat, the software ecosystems from which consumers have had to choose, e.g. Apple vs. Amazon. Differences will now be more about hardware specs and design. It will be interesting to see if there is a change in consumer buying habits among the various streaming boxes.

    The lack of a YouTube TV app has always kept me from using my Fire 4K stick very often. That will most likely change once the app is available.

  9. JJ says:

    Hopefully this means we will see prime music work with Google home and google play music/youtu e music work with Echo.

  10. Tom says:

    About Time,, so Happy!! I use both,,, and will be glad to see them work together to better serve me!!

  11. Juan says:

    Yes!!, at last!! I am so happy to read this and the feud seems to be over. I use Smart YouTube, but it suffers from stuttering and lag sometimes plus the time it takes to load the application is more than the one Amazon had originally in the store.

  12. tango says:

    youtube back, move apps back, bring back amazon gamepad support and we will be back to square one!

  13. Charlie says:

    Good to see the Youtube app come to fireTV. I’m on Youtube a couple of hours a day and generally prefer my Roku over fireTV, but the app might change that.

  14. Hn333 says:

    I don’t get why people don’t just watch YouTube through firetv internet browser. Never had a problem.

  15. Sébastien says:

    I hope the next step would be native support to music youtube service in the echo family. It will be great to use my account with multi room feature

  16. Zerocool says:

    This is wonderful news. Glad to see Google and Amazon getting this together and finally coming to an agreement. Been a long time coming. Thanks Google and Amazon for making this happen.

    • Adam says:

      Ehhh, I’m not thanking anyone for ending a conflict they started, especially one in which you and I as customers were the fodder between two billion dollar companies.

      So no, screw these guys, they get the same consideration they extended you and me.

  17. Jay says:

    I wonder if we’ll be able to subscribe to YouTube TV through Amazon Channels.

  18. mbloflin says:

    would youtube with comments and links and maybe a queue ever be possible

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