Update, September 30, 2019 (3:35 PM ET): The YouTube TV app is now officially available on many Amazon Fire TV devices. We updated the article with all of the relevant information.
In a press release posted this April, Amazon announced that two things were happening few of us would have expected: Google’s YouTube and YouTube TV apps were coming to Amazon Fire TV and Amazon’s Prime Video app was coming to Google’s Chromecast and Android TV devices.
After months of waiting, Google’s cord-cutting service YouTube TV just landed on many of Amazon’s Fire TV devices like the Fire TV Stick 4K, the new Fire TV Cube, and many more. Support for Prime Video on Google devices arrived in July, but we are still waiting to see support for YouTube and YouTube Kids on Amazon Fire TV devices.
For a long time, Google only allowed the YouTube apps on Android TV devices, Apple TV (post-second-gen), and a few others, with Chromecasts having casting abilities. Eventually, Google rolled out the YouTube app to Roku devices but still kept it off Amazon Fire TV devices until YouTube TV arrived this morning.
Likewise, Amazon’s Prime Video service was available on most media streaming boxes but not on Android TV or Chromecasts until only a few months ago.
It’s not clear how this feud between the two companies began, but Amazon earned Google’s ire when it refused to sell Chromecasts via its shopping hub. Amazon’s explanation for that was because Chromecasts didn’t support Prime Video, which might mean Google started it.
In 2017, Amazon said it would start selling the Chromecast soon, but didn’t officially list them for sale until December last year. Before then, a search for “Chromecast” on Amazon brought you a listing of Amazon Fire TV devices.
This show of compromise between the two companies is very surprising, but we are glad to see they are making peace nonetheless.