Prime Video comes to Chromecast as YouTube returns to Fire TV
James R | On 18, Apr 2019
Amazon Prime Video is officially coming to Chromecast this year, as Amazon and Google mend the relationships between their respective streaming services and platforms.
Rivals in both programming and hardware, things have been tense between them before now, with Amazon not selling Chromecast devices – competitors to its own Fire TV boxes and sticks – and not supporting Chromecast within Prime Video. In response, YouTube pulled its app from Fire TV in 2017.
Now, though, things are thawing. After Amazon starting to sell Chromecast devices online in recent months, the pair have announced they’re partnering up to release their apps on each other’s devices.
Prime members streaming to Chromecast and on Android TV devices will soon have access, in the coming months, to Prime Video’s catalogue of subscription titles, including originals such as Globe-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, Homecoming, and Hanna.
At the same time, the official YouTube apps will return to Fire TV, allowing users to sign in to their existing YouTube account and access their full library of content – including originals such as Cobrai Kai for those who subscribe to YouTube Premium. Users will be able to play videos in 4K HDR at 60 fps on supported devices.
The official YouTube app will launch on Amazon Fire TV devices and Fire TV Edition smart TVs, while the YouTube TV and YouTube Kids apps will also come to Fire TV later this year. The Prime Video app will be available for streaming to Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices. In addition, Prime Video will be broadly available across Android TV device partners.
“We are excited to work with Amazon to launch the official YouTube apps on Fire TV devices worldwide,” says 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.”
“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,” says 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.”