Amazon and Google have ended a long-running stand-off by agreeing to offer each other’s video services on their respective Fire TV and Chromecast streaming devices.
In a joint statement, the companies announced that Google’s official YouTube app will be available on Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs in the coming months, while YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year.
At the same time, Amazon’s Prime Video app will soon be available on Google Chromecast and on devices with built-in Chromecast compatibility. Prime will also be available across Android TV device partners.
“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.”
Amazon Prime Video’s Head of Worldwide Business Development, Andrew Bennett, said: “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.”
The deal marks the return of the YouTube app to Fire TV after more than a year’s absence, and will be the first time that Prime Video has included Chromecast support.
Google pulled YouTube from Fire TV at the end of 2017. In a statement issued to the press at the time, a YouTube spokesperson said: “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 FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”