Thursday, 22 August, 2019

Amazon and Google deliver on TV peace deal

YouTube on Amazon Fire TV CREDIT Courtesy of Amazon
Lora Ball | 10 July, 2019, 07:08

After announcing that their various video offerings would soon work everywhere, this morning Google and Amazon starting rolling out Prime Video and YouTube to places they hadn't previously been. The app supports up to 4K HDR video at 60fps and is compatible with Alexa, so you can search, start playing, and control playback with voice commands.

Amazon and Google have drawn a line under a long-running dispute by providing their on-demand video services to each others' TV platforms. In other words, you can stick to a single device ecosystem without having to jump through hoops to enjoy the shows you like. Although, let's not forget Amazon continued to sell dozens of poor-quality Chromecast knockoffs.

The détente between the two tech heavyweights came after years of negotiations and public bickering. Thankfully, Google still plans to bring those two apps to Amazon Fire TV later this year.

Here are the Fire TV devices with access to the YouTube app: Fire TV Stick (2nd generation), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and all Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

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On Amazon's Echo devices though, all is quiet.

Since the row flared up towards the end of 2017, Amazon's position in on-demand video has become considerably stronger - and I think that's a big factor in this apparent truce.

'Bringing our flagship YouTube experience to Amazon Fire TV gives our users even more ways to watch the videos and creators they love'. Also starting Tuesday, as part of this same announcement, users can watch Amazon Prime Video content on Chromecast and Android TV devices. As Google promised earlier in April, YouTube is making a return on Amazon's Fire TV devices.

Amazon Prime members will also be happy to hear that Amazon's Prime Video now works with Chromecast.

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