The YouTube app was removed from Amazon’s Fire TV on December 29th – four days earlier than expected – as the dispute between tech giants Amazon and Google rages on.
ALL Fire TV devices now advise to use the web browser if they wish to watch YouTube content.
Google had previously warned it would remove the YouTube app from its Fire TV devices on January 1st, stating the two companies had not reached an agreement to provide access to each other’s services. Earlier in December, Google 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 Fire TV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”
On December 29th, Amazon said in a statement: “YouTube and millions of other websites are accessible by using a web browser like Firefox or Silk on Fire TV.”