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.
If you load YouTube in the Silk Browser or Firefox app on an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television it once again allows you to use the television optimized website. Whether customers use one of the two buttons in the main YouTube app for Fire TV devices or enter youtube.com/tv directly in one of the browsers, customers are no longer being redirected to the desktop version of YouTube’s website.
It’s unknown at this point if the redirect, which lasted about an hour or two, was a mistake or if Google has decided to restore access. Whatever the case is, for the moment it appears that Fire TV customers once again have the same access to YouTube as they have had since the begin of the year. Even using the old version of the main YouTube app is once again working.