Amazon, Google Agree To YouTube On Amazon Fire


Google’s YouTube app is coming to Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, in addition to the Prime Video app for streaming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices.

That’s not all. Prime Video will be “broadly available” across Android TV device partners, and the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year.

That’s the word from Seattle and Mountain View, Calif., from two tech giants that continue to suck local ad dollars from broadcast radio and, to a lesser extent, over-the-air television.

“We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide,” said Heather Rivera, Global Head of Product Partnerships at YouTube. “Bringing our flagship YouTube experience to Amazon Fire TV gives our users even more ways to watch the videos and creators they love.”

Andrew Bennett, Head of Worldwide Business Development for Prime Video, added, “Whether watching the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, catching teams go head-to-head on Thursday Night Football or renting a new-release movie, customers will have even more ways to stream what they want, whenever they want, no matter where they are.”

Official YouTube App on Fire TV

Users will be able to sign in to their existing YouTube account, access their full library of content, and play videos in 4K HDR at 60 fps on supported devices. In addition, standalone YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also launch later this year on Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs where available.

Prime Video App on Chromecast and Android TV

Chromecast and Chromecast built-in users, along with Android TV users, will have access to the Prime Video catalog and Amazon Original movies. With Prime Video users can also rent or purchase titles or choose from more than 150 Prime Video Channels includingShowtime, HBO, CBS All-Access, Cinemax and STARZ.