Today Amazon announced that YouTube is now available on all Fire TV models. A few weeks ago YouTube started to roll out to some Fire TV devices but not the 1st gen Fire TV Stick or the Fire TV boxes. Today YouTube is available on all Fire TV devices with the addition of the Fire TV Stick (1st Gen), Fire TV (1st Gen), Fire TV (2rd Gen), Fire TV (3rd Gen). Sadly no date on when YouTube TV and YouTube Kids will come to the Fire TV. Amazon is still saying sometime this year for both YouTube TV and YouTube Kids.
Amazon also announced that Alexa Announcements are being added to all Fire TV devices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Japan. This feature allows you to make and receive announcements like a one-way intercom throughout the house. It is available beginning today and will roll out to all devices in the coming days.
Official YouTube App on Fire TV
Customers can find the new YouTube app tile in their ‘Your Apps and Channels’ row. The official YouTube app on Fire TV is better than ever with expanded Alexa voice controls that help customers find, launch, and control content (pause, play, rewind, fast-forward) using their voice. When they open the app for the first time they’ll be automatically prompted to download the app—once installed, they can simply say “Alexa, open YouTube” or click into the app to sign in to their existing YouTube account and access their full library of content including subscriptions, playlists, and recommendations. Plus, they can play compatible videos in 4K HDR at 60 fps on supported TVs and streaming media players. The new YouTube app will be the default YouTube experience for customers using a compatible Fire TV device, effective immediately.
How Alexa Announcement Works:
To receive an Alexa Announcement, the TV must be on and turned to the Fire TV input. You will receive audible and visual notifications to inform you of incoming announcements, at which time playback will pause, and audio will play through any connected external speaker. Once the announcement is finished, media playback will resume automatically.
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