Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices

07 December, 2017, 02:34 | Author: Rosa Wright
  • Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show

As Amazon is not reciprocating, Google pulled out YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV. Perhaps Google is hoping that the threat of losing YouTube on its main streaming device will force Amazon to negotiate a truce both sides can live with before the new year. For its part, Amazon, through a spokeswoman, said that Alphabet's Google unit is "setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

Both companies said they hope to resolve the issue quickly. Two weeks ago, Amazon got YouTube back on the Echo Show by simply directing users to the web version, a workaround that left a lot to be desired.

We understands that YouTube is no longer available on the Amazon Echo Show as of today and it will not work on the Fire TV from early January.

Meanwhile, Amazon had previously stopped selling many of Google's hardware products on its e-commerce platform and since 2015 Amazon has refused to sell Google's Chromecast video and audio-streaming dongles.

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Google and Amazon are among the world's biggest tech companies, but things don't seem particulary right between the two tech-giants at the moment.

There were also reports that Google could be creating a smart screen device to compete with the Amazon Echo Show.

Google and Amazon have been in discussions for a long time to try and have a more mutually beneficial relationship, but it sounds like it hasn't been going well. That includes Google's Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch up to Amazon's market-leading Echo.

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook first announced Prime Video support for Apple TV at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but the app's release had been delayed for unknown reasons. For now, Amazon users will have to deal with the impending loss of YouTube as displayed on various warning pop-ups littered throughout Amazon's products and Google users will have to put up with the inability to cast Amazon apps.

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