Good news – Amazon has announced that later today YouTube is coming to the Fire TV. They are not live yet but will be live later today so keep your eyes open.
Update Amazon confirmed to Cord Cutters News that YouTube is returning to the Fire TV Today but YouTube Kids and YouTube TV is coming later this year.
Update#2: The YouTube app is now live on the Fire TV. You can add YouTube to your Fire TV Stick HERE.
“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.”
Part of this deal will bring Amazon Prime Video to Android TV at some point later today. “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,” said Andrew Bennett, Head of Worldwide Business Development for Prime Video. “Whether watching the latest season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, catching teams go head-to-head on Thursday Night Football or renting a new-release movie, customers will have even more ways to stream what they want, whenever they want, no matter where they are.”
Amazon said you will be able to use Alexa to control YouTube on the Fire TV with commands like:
- —”Alexa, open YouTube.”
- —“Alexa, watch music videos on YouTube”
- —“Alexa, play Women’s World Cup highlights”
- —“Alexa, find makeup tutorials.”
This is great news for Fire TV owners as YouTube has been one of the few major streaming services to not offer an official app on the Fire TV. For over a year now the Fire TV has not had an official YouTube app.
Source: USA Today
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