Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices

In a move that echoes contract spats between television networks and cable providers, Google Inc. has announced that it will drop YouTube support for Amazon.com Inc.'s Fire TV and Echo Show media devices starting January 1.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", Google has been telling the press.

Both parties have said that they hope the matter will be resolved soon, but neither looks likely to budge.

In September 2017, Google removed YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show.

YouTube has stopped working on the Amazon Echo show speaker starting today.

However, a source familiar with YouTube's thinking told Variety Tuesday that this newer implementation also violated YouTube's terms of service by layering voice control onto a web app that wasn't designed for voice interaction.

Amazon didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.


With each having a significant share of the leverage, it is going to be down to who blinks first, but with Amazon's business model based on low-profit margin ecosystem lock into a non-Google version of Android, any compromise on its side will be costly.

Amazon has also made a decision to stop selling the Nest E Thermostat, Nest's Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system through its sites.

The two companies compete in a number of areas, including in cloud computing and in selling voice-controlled devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. But Amazon says that the company is being spiteful and was limiting what products were able to connect to Google's video service.

Google and Amazon's issues go beyond this sticking point.

The latest standoff between Google and Amazon was ridiculed by a trade association of high-speed internet providers. Amazon stopped selling the Chromecast, Google's streaming media device, in 2015.

Of course, Google is taking this quite personally and has blocked Amazon from implementing Alexa commands into its YouTube app due to a violation to the Ts & Cs. Videos were displayed on its touchscreen without channel subscriptions, further video recommendations, and other features.

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