Friday, 23 August, 2019

Amazon and Google end spat, bring YouTube to Amazon devices

Google's finally bringing the You Tube app back to Fire TV devices after years of feuding with Amazon YouTube is finally coming to Amazon Fire TV, Prime Video to get Chromecast support
Adrian Cunningham | 19 April, 2019, 04:10

It's a welcome, if surprising handshake, given the feud between the two has lasted for years. Google will finally let Amazon have a real YouTube app on its Fire TV platform, and Amazon will expand Prime Video support to Chromecast and all Android TV devices. According to Google, Amazon's custom app violated its terms of service (and circumvented ads).

A report by CIRP from February suggested there were 66m smart speakers in homes across the United States, with Amazon's Echo claiming a 70% market share and Google 24%. Amazon, meanwhile, will add Chromecast streaming support to the Prime Video app. It appears that those who have Amazon's screened version of an Alexa speaker will still have to use the company's experimental browser or Firefox to access YouTube on that device.

The first sign that relations were thawing came when Amazon resumed selling the Chromecast. The new agreement will return YouTube to the Fire TV lineup, filling a gap in Amazon's streaming selection. In order to stream content from YouTube Music on a Google Home speaker, however, you needed the Premium subscription, otherwise it wouldn't work and you'd need to use a different service.

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The online bookseller further says, "Chromecast and Chromecast built-in users, along with Android TV users, will have easy access to the Prime Video catalog including the latest seasons of Amazon Originals like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Hanna, Homecoming, Bosch, Catastrophe and The Grand Tour, along with Amazon Original movies like Donald Glover's Guava Island, and Academy Award-nominated films like The Big Sick and Cold War". This should be quicker than rolling out a new app on Fire TV, but there's still no explicit timeline.

There is one caveat, however: the only device that seems to be left out of the agreement is the Amazon Echo Show, which likely won't have YouTube returned to it at all - a unusual move everything considered. The report also mentioned Android TV support, but the Prime Video app has been available for the NVIDIA Shield TV and other devices for a while already. Still, this is a step in the right direction.