Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show

Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show

Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show are losing YouTube as Google feud escalates

The news affects the Echo Show personal assistant (the Alexa model with a screen) which will be silenced immediately, with Amazon Fire TV dongles and boxes losing access by the end of the year. In a statement, a Google representative said it's taking the action because the YouTube apps on Amazon products aren't made by Google, like the YouTube app on the iPhone is, and the retail giant doesn't sell some Google products, such as Chromecast and Google Home. That includes Amazon Fire tablets, as Google hasn't threatened to block those yet. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon". We are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. Rather than work with Google to build versions of its apps that work on Amazon's devices, Amazon has been trying to do it itself, resulting in a service without all YouTube's features and also likely affecting Google's ability to collect ad revenue. At the time, both companies blamed each other for the outage, and Amazon eventually managed to get YouTube working again on the device in November.

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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In response, Amazon said Google had set a "disappointing precedent".

It added that Amazon has stopped selling some products from Nest, a connected-device maker that is Google's sister firm under Alphabet. This shows that Google wants to impose its own rules on how YouTube is rendered on Amazon's devices, but that doesn't seem to imply that Google is seeking control.

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"We don't think Google will go out of its way to patch things up with Amazon as having YouTube absent from Amazon devices could disincentivise users from going with Echo products giving Google Home a badly needed boost", he said.

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