Friday, 15 December, 2017

Google Lashes Out at Amazon by Blocking YouTube

Echo Show loses You Tube support Fire TV will soon follow Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show
Kayla Schwartz | 06 December, 2017, 01:14

The firm states "given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV".

However, a Google source told Engadget, the resentment over the implementation of the YouTube app on Amazon devices, which Google previously said "violates its terms of service", continues.

In a statement to The Verge, YouTube and Google are particularly miffed over last month's removal of recently announced Nest products, like the Nest E Thermostat, Cam IQ, and Secure alarm system.

Echo Show users won't be able to use YouTube starting Monday. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", the Google spokeswoman said. Amazon also said that now both the Echo Show and Fire TV both display a "standard web view" of YouTube.com.

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Is Google right to withdraw the YouTube app as a result of Amazon's actions? Since that hasn't happened and Amazon refuses to not only not sell Chromecast, Google Home, and some Nest products, they don't seem interested in adding Google Cast to Prime Video either, time is up. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Google said the company blocked YouTube due to failed negotiations with Amazon. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show.

The Fire TV loses access to its YouTube app on January 1, Google said. Similarly, Amazon Prime Video doesn't support Google's Cast feature, making it hard to get video to a big screen for Android users.

That's not an unreasonable position to take, as the company surely wants more control over the YouTube experience on Amazon's products, but unfortunately the only people getting hurt in this feud are customers.

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