Amazon has announced that starting today alland users will be able to browse the web on their TVs using Firefox or Amazon's Silk browser.
As part of the press release Amazon mentions that customers can access the World Wide Web, "including popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Reddit, as well as local and international news sites, video sharing services, cloud photo sites, and other social news, sports, and entertainment content."
However, one site the release doesn't mention is youtube.com.
Recently Google announced that it was(and Amazon's Echo Show) on Jan. 1, 2018. Part of the reason behind Google's decision could be that Amazon may be developing .
It's quite possible that Amazon has been working on adding web browsing to Fire TV for a while, but the new web-browsing feature also seems like a pretty nice workaround for Fire TV users to access YouTube content after the Jan. 1 date. Of course it's technically possible to block access to certain sites, including YouTube, so that workaround might not work.
We've asked Google and Amazon directly about whether the Fire TV browser will allow access to videos on YouTube.com after Jan. 1, and we'll update this article if we get any additional insight.