Amazon and Google’s reconciliation tour continues with YouTube TV, Google’s streaming television service, finally arriving on Amazon’s Fire TV devices.
YouTube TV subscribers can now access the service on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, all-new Fire TV Cube, all Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs and previous generation Fire TV devices including Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), Fire TV (2nd Gen), Fire TV (3rd Gen — Pendant Design).
The app is not supported on first generation Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.
The YouTube TV launch on Fire TV devices follows the YouTube app, which showed up on Amazon’s devices in July. YouTube on Fire TV features expanded Alexa voice controls that allow customers to find, launch and control content (pause, play, rewind, fast-forward) using their voice. The app also plays 4K HDR at 60 fps content on supported TVs and streaming media players.
Both launches follow Amazon and Google’s announcement in April that they had reached a distribution deal after years of disagreements.
In late 2017, Google pulled YouTube apps from Fire TV and Echo Show devices, citing Amazon’s unwillingness to sell Google products on its e-commerce site.
"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services," a Google spokesperson said in a statement at the time. "But, Amazon doesn't carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest's latest products. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon."
Amazon responded by questioning the motivation behind Google’s move.
“YouTube used to be available to our shared customers on Echo Show. As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers,” Amazon said in a statement.