YouTube Cutting Access To Amazon Fire TV On New Year's Day

YouTube Cutting Access To Amazon Fire TV On New Year's Day

This tension often reveals itself to consumers in the form of something dumb, and the current Google-Amazon feud is no different.

Google announced Tuesday it stopped access to Amazon's Echo Show, and will start blocking YouTube on Fire TV media-streaming devices January 1. Amazon and Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, square off in many areas, from cloud computing and online search, to selling voice-controlled gadgets like the Google Home and Amazon Echo Show.

"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV", Google said.

Fire TV will lose YouTube on New Year's Day, while the app has already been blocked on Echo Show.

Google is also mad that Amazon's Prime Video does not support Chromecast playback.

One of Engadget's sources also claims that Google wants Amazon to start selling some of its products like the Chromecast and Google Home, but Amazon is reluctant to do so since those would directly compete with its Fire TV devices and Echo smart speakers.

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The stakes are high: many in the technology industry expect that interacting with computers by voice will become widespread, and it is unclear if Amazon, Google or another company will dominate the space.

Google has chose to cripple the Fire TV and Echo devices because Amazon refuses to sell Google's competing products - the Chromecast video and audio-streaming dongle and the Google Home smart speaker - as well as Google's Nest-branded smart home devices including internet-connected thermostats and home security systems. "We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible". Then again, Amazon shouldn't be forced to add Chromecast support to its streaming player.

Amazon did not immediately respond when asked if Apple TV will return to Amazon's online store now that it supports Amazon Prime.

"We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", Google said in a statement. These smart home devices directly rival Amazon's smart home products. And YouTube was pulled from the Echo Show earlier because Google wasn't happy with the implementation (paywall), which prevented users from logging in and commenting.

'Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website.

"When Amazon first made the Echo widely available in 2015, many weren't sure what to make of the product...."

The bickering between Google and Amazon has been going on several years as they have ratcheted up the competition with each other. Google called it a "broken user experience", which likely referred to the device's inability to use features such as subscribing to channels, autoplay, and next video recommendations, though the way it displayed ads and tracked users were likely to be influencing factors.

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