Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

The YouTube app is finally back for Fire TV devices

The YouTube app is finally back for Fire TV devices

Amazon and Google have drawn a line under a long-running dispute by providing their on-demand video services to each others' TV platforms.

You can now download the official YouTube app on Amazon's Fire TV Stick (second-generation and Basic Edition), Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, with support for other devices arriving over time.

Unfortunately, Echo Show owners are still out of luck - Google's feud with Amazon hasn't fully ended yet, it seems, which means no YouTube app on the device for now.

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The first evidence that the spat might be resolved came in December 2018 when Amazon began stocking Chromecast products again. Thankfully, Google still plans to bring those two apps to Amazon Fire TV later this year. Then, Google took things a step further by blocking YouTube from functioning on both the Echo Show and Fire TV devices. There's no word on when, or if, Amazon and Google will add the YouTube app back to the Echo Show. This was a petty, anti-consumer tit-for-tat that helped neither company. That was, apparently, enough to get Amazon to the negotiating table. The app was removed in late 2017 after Amazon removed Google's smart home products from its online store. Prime Video also offers access to 4K titles included with Prime at no additional cost and options to rent or purchase titles or choose from more than 150 Prime Video Channels including Showtime, HBO, CBS All-Access, Cinemax and STARZ. "In addition to the select Android TV devices that now have Prime Video, many more Android TV smart TVs, set-top boxes and streaming devices will also soon have Prime Video, with rollout starting today".

Amazon Prime members will also be happy to hear that Amazon's Prime Video now works with Chromecast.

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