Amazon Prime Video finally coming to Chromecast, YouTube coming to Fire TV

19 Apr 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

After years of dispute, Amazon and Google have reached an agreement to bring Amazon Prime Video to Chromecast and broadly across Android TVs, and to bring YouTube (including YouTube TV and Kids) to Fire TV.

Finally...

The Amazon versus Google feud has been ongoing for years. Amazon Video Prime has lacked official support for Android TV and Chromecast, while Google has been blocking access to YouTube on Fire TV.

In a joint announcement, the companies confirm that they have reached an agreement. Later this year, Amazon Prime Video will be made available on Chromecast (including Chromecast built-in) and broadly across Android TV devices. Previously, Amazon's streaming service was available on select Android TVs only.

- “We’re excited to bring the Prime Video app to Chromecast and Android TV devices, and to give our customers convenient access to the shows and movies they love,” said Andrew Bennett, Head of Worldwide Business Development for Prime Video.


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Later this year, Google will also bring the official YouTube app to Fire TV devices worldwide. In addition,YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will be made available.

- “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.

Google confirms that YouTube will play videos in up to 4K HDR at 60fps on supported Fire TV devices. Amazon says that it will offer "access to 4K titles" on Chromecast and Android TV, adding that "users can also rent or purchase titles".

In the joint announcement, the two companies refrained from commenting on the bitter feud and there are still a couple of components missing. The YouTube app will seemingly not be made available on Amazon's Echo Show, and Google Home will not be made available for purchase through Amazon's online marketplace. Still, this is a big step forward in resolving the companies' bitter feud.

No launch date was announced other than "later this year".

- Source: Amazon & Google



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