Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show

Wednesday 6 December 2017 | 08:44 CET | News

Google has pulled YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show and Fire TV in a dispute over carrying each other's products. Google told the site Engadget that it would not support YouTube on the Echo Show or Fire TV because Amazon would not carry Google products like Chromecast, Google Home and Nest and would not support the Chromecast on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon said this was unfair of Google to discriminate based on the type of device carrying YouTube. "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website. We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible."

A person familiar with Google's thinking on the matter told Engadget that the problem was Amazon implementing what was essentially a hacked version of YouTube on both the Echo Show and Fire TV. 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.

Google support for YouTube on the Echo Show ended 05 December, and YouTube will no longer be available to Fire TV users from 01 January. 

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