How to cast YouTube to the Amazon Echo Show from an iPhone or Android phone

Now that the Amazon Echo Show has gained both Amazon Silk and Firefox browsers, it’s once again possible to watch YouTube videos on the device. Unfortunately, the mobile interface of YouTube that loads in these browsers isn’t exactly ideal for a device like the Echo Show. Thankfully, with just a little bit of initial setup, it’s possible to cast YouTube videos from mobile devices, like iPhones and Android phones, to the Echo Show. If you don’t mind using a phone to start and control videos, casting is a much better way to watch YouTube videos on the Echo Show. Here’s how to get it working. Read more ›

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Firefox and Silk Browser now let you control media playback by voice on Fire TVs — Works with YouTube

In the most recent updates to Firefox and the Silk Browser, both apps have added support for media playback control by voice. This allows customers to use voice commands to play videos, pause videos, and more while watching something, like YouTube, in a web browser on a Fire TV device. Read more ›

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YouTube app for Fire TV now immediately loads YouTube — Just like before Google’s ban

Amazon has updated the YouTube app for Fire TV devices to now remember whether you prefer to use the Silk or Firefox web browser. With the updated app, once you’ve selected one of the two browser choices, all subsequent launches of the YouTube app will automatically load YouTube in your prefered browser without you needing to select a browser each time. This makes the YouTube experience on Fire TV devices exactly how it used to be before Google threatened to block YouTube. Read more ›

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Silk Browser for Fire TV updated with support for 4K YouTube

Amazon has updated the Silk Browser for Fire TV devices to support 4K video playback on YouTube. The new update, carrying version number 68.2.6.3440.85.30, is starting to roll, but the new version appears to only be rolling out to select devices, as it’s not yet available to all Fire TV models. Read more ›

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YouTube Red is becoming YouTube Premium and increasing in price by $2 per month

Google has announced that YouTube Red, their $9.99 per month subscription service for YouTube which also comes with access to Google Play Music, is breaking up into two new services: YouTube Music and YouTube Premium. YouTube Music is a music streaming service that will be available for free with ads or for $9.99 per month without ads. YouTube Premium will be $11.99 and includes YouTube Music plus the same perks of YouTube Red. Read more ›

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YouTube app for Amazon Fire TV now remembers your browser preference

A small but helpful update has been released to the official YouTube app for Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app is still essentially just a bookmark that opens YouTube in either the Silk Browser or Firefox, thanks to Google wanting to hurt Amazon, but now the app remembers which browser you last selected and makes sure to highlight that same choice the next time you open the app. There is no option to skip the browser selection screen and always load a specific browser, but at least now you won’t have to pause to check that your preferred browser is highlighted when using the app to access YouTube. Those of you who want to skip having to select a browser each time should use my Bookmarker for YouTube app instead, because it was made specifically for that purpose.

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Different YouTube interface appears in Firefox on Amazon Fire TV devices

Google has begun serving a different YouTube interface when the video-sharing website is loaded by Firefox on an Amazon Fire TV device. The different interface, spotted by the awesomely named Reddit user Swole_Chicken, is functionally identical to the interface YouTube usually serves, but consists of a slightly different navigation layout. Read more ›

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Bookmarker for YouTube app is now available in the Amazon Fire TV appstore

I have just released a new version of my Bookmarker app called Bookmarker for YouTube in the Amazon Fire TV appstore. The new app is functionally identical to my previous Bookmarker apps, but it has YouTube’s television optimised URL preloaded and provides a more relevent icon. Read more ›

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Google restores access to TV optimized YouTube website through Amazon Fire TV browsers

Earlier today, Google began deliberately redirecting customers that tried to access the television optimized version of YouTube through a web browser on an Amazon Fire TV device to the desktop version of YouTube. This effectively blocked access to YouTube for Fire TV users because the desktop version of the YouTube is nearly unusable through the remote control based Fire TV. It appears now that Google has either backpedaled their decision or the redirect was a mistake because Fire TV customers can once again browser YouTube’s television optimized website. Read more ›

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Google effectively breaks YouTube on Amazon Fire TV browsers by forcing redirect to desktop version of site [UPDATE: Access restored]

Google has essentially broken the ability to browse YouTube on all Amazon Fire TV devices. If you try to browse the television optimized version of YouTube at youtube.com/tv using either the Silk Browser or Firefox app on a Fire TV device, Google has put in place a redirect that forces the browser to load the desktop version of YouTube. By blocking access to the version of YouTube made for television browsers, Google has deliberately made browsing their website an unusable experience on Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. Read more ›

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