[Update: Rolling out] YouTube is finally coming to Amazon Fire TV, Prime Video to get Chromecast support
For a long time now, trying to use Google and Amazon services on their respective platforms has been a frustrating experience. Amazon’s Prime Video apps have never supported the Chromecast, and for a long time, you couldn’t buy Chromecast devices from Amazon.com. Google removed YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV back in 2017. Thankfully, it appears the relationship is thawing.
According to Engadget, the main YouTube app will finally be available on Amazon Fire TV devices in the “coming months.” YouTube TV and YouTube Kids will also be available on the platform sometime afterward. Unfortunately, it still will not be available on the Amazon Echo Show or Kindle Fire tablets, so there’s is still room for improvement. This information comes from a Google spokesperson.
The news gets even better if you watch Amazon Prime Video without a Fire TV device. Prime Video will finally get the ability to cast to Chromecast. The report also mentioned Android TV support, but the Prime Video app has been available for the NVIDIA Shield TV and other devices for a while already. This is great news for consumers. The rocky relationship between Amazon and Google was a big pain to people who use both ecosystems.
Update: Rolling out
After announcing their truce back in April, the previously announced Amazon/Google platform cooperation is now rolling out. That means the YouTube app is back on the Amazon Fire TV and Prime Video is available for all Android TV devices and Chromecast. Prime Video was previously available on a select few Android TV devices.
YouTube is available on the 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. Prime Video can be downloaded on most Android TV devices and it works with Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. This is a huge win for users of both ecosystems.