YouTube to be available on FireTV as Amazon-Google spat ends

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The Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, plus Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs are now supported. The company plans to expand the YouTube app to more Fire TV devices in the coming months. Well, Google now supports just a small number of Fire TV devices but don't worry as the YouTube app will make its way to more devices in the coming months.

For now, select Android TV devices have access to Prime Video, accessible by clicking the app icon directly from the home screen or in Google Play. Amazon likewise blasted Google for yanking the YouTube app from Fire TV devices by arguing Google was "selectively blocking" access.

The dispute started when Amazon refused to sell Google's Chromecast products on its online store. Similarly, YouTube will roll out on Amazon Fire TV.

More devices are due to be supported as the year progresses, says Google, and it will be launching YouTube TV and YouTube Kids on Amazon platforms too. The update will begin rolling out today and once you have it, you'll be able to cast content from Prime Video to first-party Chromecasts and other Chromecast built-in devices. Amazon reversed that decision in December 2017, but the streaming wars continued.

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As far as YouTube on Fire TV, it appears very old Fire TV streamers won't support YouTube.

"With expanded Alexa voice controls, you can find, launch, and control your entertainment".

What's most curious is how it took so long to resolve - time in which, you'd imagine, customers looked to other services that could offer both Prime Video and YouTube on the same platform, such as Roku or Apple TV. Google brags that over 1 billion living room devices have access to YouTube.

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