Google And Amazon Settle Spat, YouTube Comes Back To Fire TV, Prime Video Hits Chromecast
Amazon and Google have settled their spat that has been going on for over a year now. YouTube was pulled from Amazon Fire TV devices back in late 2017. Google pulled YouTube from Fire TV devices in part because of Amazon's business practices that involved not selling Google products like Chromecast and not offering Prime Video for Chromecast users. Things have turned around, and the spat is now over with Google announcing the availability of Prime Video on Chromecast and Android TV.
Google says that YouTube is also back on Fire TV devices; the apps are on both platforms starting today. Google brags that Chromecast and Chromecast built-in users now have access to over 2,000 apps for content and games and that starting today users can cast content from the Prime Video app directly to their TV.
To be able to cast Prime Video requires the latest Prime Video app and Android 5.0 or higher, or iOS 10.1 or higher. Chromecast Ultra users are being given access to 4,000 titles included with Prime Video at no additional cost. Google writes that many more Android TV smart TVs, set-top boxes, and streaming devices will soon have Prime Video with rollouts starting today.
Also starting today, the official YouTube app is on compatible Amazon Fire TV devices. Compatible devices include Fire TV Stick second-gen, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs. Support for additional devices will roll out "in the coming months." YouTube TV and YouTube Kids will launch for the devices later this year. Google brags that over 1 billion living room devices have access to YouTube.