Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

The official YouTube app has finally returned to Amazon Fire TV devices

Google and Amazon bring the YouTube app back to Fire TV YouTube launches today on Fire TV, while Amazon Prime Video comes to Chromecast and Android TVs
Adrian Cunningham | 10 July, 2019, 14:56

It's available on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs. The app even supports Amazon's Alexa assistant, so you can search for YouTube videos by voice. Amazon built a custom YouTube app for the Echo Show that broke some features of the service.

For several years now, YouTube has been absent from Amazon's suite of Fire TV streaming systems and, in return, Prime Video has been absent from Google's casting dongles as well as from most Android TV systems.

The first evidence that the spat might be resolved came in December 2018 when Amazon began stocking Chromecast products again. The official YouTube app will also work with Alexa.

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

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I'm stoked about this, because it means I can finally get into a bunch of critically acclaimed Prime Video shows I've been sleeping on, simply because I don't have a Fire TV dongle.

If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can stream thousands of classic and recent movies on your smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV via the Prime video service. Additionally, users can use voice commands to play, pause, rewind, fast forward and skip to the next video within YouTube.

Commenting on peace breaking out, Google hardware director Wayne Thorsen and entertainment boss Jonathan Zepp said: "It's Prime time to sit back, relax and watch TV". You'll need the most recent version of the Amazon Prime Video app on your smartphone in order to cast. The app will automatically become available to all compatible Fire TV devices and once installed will offer full support for all YouTube content and functionality. Users will be able to access content in 4K at 60p and with HDR.