Google and Amazon have announced that the two companies are working on an official YouTube app for Amazon’s Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition TVs and also add support for Chromecast in the Prime Video app.
“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.”
Previously, YouTube and Google had an ongoing battle which had Amazon not selling the Google Chromecast on their site and Google pulling YouTube support from Amazon’s devices.
The YouTube app for Fire TV devices will be able to play videos at up to 4K HDR at 60 fps on supported devices. Google will also launch a YouTube TV (which is US-only) and YouTube Kids app later this year.
“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. “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.”
If you have a Chromecast or device with Chromecast built-in, you’ll soon be able to cast your favourite Prime Originals (such as The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and more) from the Prime Video app. The Prime Video app will also soon be broadly available to Android TV device partners later this year.
We’ve reached out to Amazon to confirm whether this announcement applies to Canadian users of Prime Video and Fire TV devices.