YouTube on Amazon devices feud escalates

Dec 07, 2017, 01:41
YouTube on Amazon devices feud escalates

You'll still have ways to watch YouTube service if it disappears from Amazon's Fire TV streaming device.

Google made this decision for a number of reasons: Amazon doesn't sell Google products like the Chromecast or Google Home, it won't make Prime Video available for Google Cast and Google claims Amazon violated a Terms of Service agreement by overlaying Alexa voice controls on its YouTube app.

Google said it is pulling YouTube from some Amazon.com Inc. devices in retaliation for Amazon refusing to sell many Google products, escalating a battle between two tech titans as their businesses increasingly overlap.

Both companies said they hope to resolve the issue quickly.

Google is removing YouTube from the Fire TV streaming stick and the Echo Show smart home controller, as a spat between the search giant and Amazon continues.

On Tuesday, Google, which is owned by the conglomerate Alphabet Inc, announced it would block its video platform YouTube from being used as an app on two different Amazon devices.

At the start of 2018, YouTube - which is owned by Google and boasts more than one billion users - will not be available on Amazon Fire TV devices. Google seems to be betting that Amazon will want to get YouTube back up and running on its flagship video products before long, so it can afford to take a hard line here.

Amazon's voice-controlled gadgets have outsold Google's so far, according to a study by research firm eMarketer from earlier this year.

The roots of the current dispute may go back to 2015 when Amazon chose to no longer stock the Google's popular Chromecast streaming devices.

A Google spokesperson said: "We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services". And yesterday afternoon, Google once again pulled YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show by blocking the device from showing the web version of the app.

"Thanks in part to net neutrality, the open internet has grown to become an unrivaled source of choice, competition, innovation, free expression and opportunity".

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