Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

YouTube is cutting access to Amazon FireTV on January 1

Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show YouTube is cutting access to Amazon FireTV on January 1
Sherri Watson | 06 December, 2017, 00:57

In September, Google pulled YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show, the Seattle based firm's voice enabled artificial intelligence product that also features a screen.

Amazon and Google are at odds after the Silicon Valley search giant pulled YouTube off Amazon's TV streaming service.

It's a continuation of the feud which started earlier this autumn over Amazon's alleged poor implementation of the app, which Google said was "creating a broken user experience". Google also left the Fire TV off the list of streaming players to be supported by YouTube TV in what is likely a continuation of their fight with Amazon.

This isn't the first disagreement Google and Amazon have had regarding YouTube.

The Google Cloud Platform has continued to release a slew of new products aimed at capturing market share from industry leader Amazon Web Services and has won cloud business from the likes of Kroger, which told CNBC last month that it doesn't want to fund its retail competitor.

Is Google right to withdraw the YouTube app as a result of Amazon's actions? "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", the Google spokeswoman 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.

The Google-owned video service is cutting access to the Amazon device on January 1st, a Google spokeswoman said Monday.

Echo Show users won't be able to use YouTube starting Monday. For Amazon, that leap has made CEO Jeff Bezos the richest person in the world, with a total net worth of more than $96 billion. That's a vague way of saying that Google is over Amazon not allowing them to sell Chromecast and Google Home through Amazon and so they are blocking YouTube in retaliation. The fact that certain Nest products - including the Thermostat E, Camera IQ, and Nest Secure - were axed was a big point of contention, according to Engadget - though its sources say "Google would be much happier working directly with Amazon than forcing consumers to pick sides".