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.