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

YouTube is finally available on Fire TVs again

YouTube is finally available on Fire TVs again

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.

Couch potatoes rejoice: you can finally stream Amazon Prime Video using Chromecast dongles, and YouTube support has returned to Amazon's Fire line of streaming devices. The Echo Show devices, which kicked off the YouTube feud, don't have the new app as they don't run the Android-based Fire TV software.

"The all-new YouTube app will appear in the "Your Apps and Channels" row on all compatible devices", Amazon explains in a company blog post today. The company plans to expand the YouTube app to more Fire TV devices in the coming months.

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The first evidence that the spat might be resolved came in December 2018 when Amazon began stocking Chromecast products again. Although, let's not forget Amazon continued to sell dozens of poor-quality Chromecast knockoffs. The app supports up to 4K HDR video at 60fps and will work with Amazon's Alexa. The official YouTube app will also work with Alexa. The ill-will started four years ago, after Amazon dropped Chromecast devices from its store, citing the fact that Amazon's video services weren't available on the device. "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".

Unfortunately, YouTube TV and YouTube Kids are not part of today's cross-platform party. The lack of a YouTube app on Amazon's TV platform - FireTV - was a significant handicap for Amazon, and I imagine Google wasn't too thrilled about missing out on reaching the 30 million-or-so FireTV users either. And Chromecast Ultra users get access to 4,000 titles included with Prime at no additional cost.

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