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Amazon Prime Video now works on Chromecast and Android TV

by Mark Tyson on 10 July 2019, 12:11

Tags: Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), YouTube (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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Google has announced that Amazon Prime Video has been updated to work with Google Chromecast and Android TV. Furthermore, as evidence of a thawing of relations between Google and Amazon, YouTube is back on Fire TV. I noticed the cast button became available on my Amazon Prime Video iPad app yesterday evening, and this morning a similar update arrived on my Android phone - so it is good to see that this update has arrived in the UK, on both major mobile platforms so quickly.

In its blog post Google highlights that Chromecast and Chromecast built-in users have access to over 2,000 apps for content and games and from Tuesday now have access to convenient Prime Video content casting to their TVs. In case you have a pretty old phone or tablet, it is noted that to receive the appropriate app updates you will need Android 5.0 or higher or iOS 10.1 or higher.

If you are from the other camp and have been using an Amazon Fire device for streaming TV content, you may be happy that Google has restored Fire TV access to YouTube - again following an app update which you might find queued up if not already applied. If you remember, back in late 2017, Google removed YouTube app access to its video services on Amazon devices due to competitive friction. At the time of writing the matter hasn't been completely ironed out though, YouTube still won't be available as an app on the Echo Show smart speaker with built-in screen.

Google lists the following Amazon Fire TV devices as being compatible with a new YouTube app, worldwide; Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, and Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

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.

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Surprisingly that it took so long to do that, as the lack of Youtube on Fire TV and Prime Video on Chromecast has definitely made some people to decide against buying them in the past.