As of August 12th, 2019 you will once again be able to watch YouTube on your Fire TV app without having to use any app work-a-round, browser or other method.
Amazon pulled YouTube from all their devices late in 2017 and the dispute lasted for well over 1 year. Much of the issues occurred because Amazon and Google failed to see eye to eye on a few things.
After Amazon pulled all Google Chrome Casts for sale from their massive online store and Google refused to add Prime TV to the Chrome Cast, the fight was on.
Amazon has since began to sale Chrome Casts again, and as of August 12, 2019 the YouTube app is now available on Fire TV devices.
Silk, Firefox Was Always Available
YouTube was never actually blocked from being watched with an Amazon Fire TV device. Shortly after the removal of the YouTube app in 2017, a fix was quickly developed by using a browser such as Silk within the device.
Users would launch a popular Silk or Firefox app and download or use a browser to access YouTube within the app and were able to watch all their YouTube content with no issue.
Now it will be even more convenient with the addition of the actual Amazon version of the YouTube app. Voice activation of YouTube and all the favorite Amazon features will now compliment YouTube with the device.
YouTube TV still is not available on the Amazon devices, but I have heard and would expect it to be available for users that subscribe to there premium TV service in the future. I do not have any date or guarantee, but it is simply a hunch I have.
YouTube Is Huge
YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine behind Google. There is more than 300 hours of content uploaded to the platform every single minute. Lets break that down even farther. That is 5 hours a minute and will continue to climb.
With this amount of content being added to the internet, it is crucial that one of the top streaming devices on the market allows their users to gain access to, not just for their satisfaction… but to prevent sales to suffer.
People want their YouTube. It is hard to believe, but many people watch it more than Netflix, Hulu and live TV combined.
So sit back, grab your Alexa remote and start watching your favorite YouTubers without even needing a remote.