The pointless Amazon and Google streaming feud officially ends today

Brenda Watkins
July 10, 2019

Amazon likewise blasted Google for yanking the YouTube app from Fire TV devices by arguing Google was "selectively blocking" access.

On the other side of the street, Amazon Prime Video now works with Chromecast and will soon support a much more extensive selection of Android TV devices.

It ends a stand-off that began in 2015. Amazon might now sell Chromecast devices (at least, in the U.S. - like nearly everything else, searching for "Chromecast" on Amazon AU is a shitshow), but Home products are conspicuously absent. Amazon says that YouTube TV and YouTube Kids launching later this year.

The détente between the two tech heavyweights came after years of negotiations and public bickering.

There does, however, appear to be a notable omission.

As we said, the Prime Video app is also available starting today for streaming to Chromecast, Chromecast built-in devices, and Android TV devices.

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On Amazon's Echo devices though, all is quiet. This was a petty, anti-consumer tit-for-tat that helped neither company. To use Prime Video with Chromecast, you need to make sure you're running the latest version of the Prime Video app on an Android phone with Android 5.0 or later or on an iPhone with iOS 10.1 or newer. That was, apparently, enough to get Amazon to the negotiating table.

The YouTube app supports 4K HDR streaming at 60FPS for compatible videos, as well as full Alexa voice commands.

They enjoy - award show judges will tell you - some of the most talked-about television being produced today.

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

The same was true in reverse. "In addition to the select Android TV devices that now have Prime Video, many more Android TV smart TVs, set-top boxes and streaming devices will also soon have Prime Video, with rollout starting today".

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