Google cuts off YouTube video app in squabble with Amazon

Olive Hawkins
December 7, 2017

Google on Tuesday said it would pull its YouTube apps from Amazon's Echo Show, which is an Alexa-powered device with a screen, and Fire TV starting next month. Why?

In a statement, Google said it had been "trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services" but, "given the lack of reciprocity", had made a decision to no longer support YouTube on Echo Show or FireTV. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon".

Amazon issued a statement on Monday which read: "Echo Show and Fire TV now display a standard web view of YouTube.com and point customers directly to YouTube's existing website".

The Google-owned video service is cutting access to the Amazon device on January 1, a Google spokeswoman said Monday. Amazon on its part is trying to sort things out with Google.

The move comes after Google failed to reach an agreement with Amazon to provide support for the latter's services on the electronics and cloud computing company's products and services.

While the above paragraph might convey the facts from Google, we are guessing that YouTube ad revenue had something to do with it too.

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Sometimes it's hard to see who is at fault in a dispute. This isn't the first time the two companies have sparred over services.

"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV", the statement added. YouTube returned to the Echo Show last month, before being pulled again on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another long-standing streaming media tiff is getting (somewhat) resolved.

Amazon will not retail Google's Chromecast, nor its Google Home range of goods, as you may have discovered, and the reason for this is that they compete directly with Amazon's own products. The two companies reportedly had trouble negotiating while wearing the hats of both partners and competitors.

Amazon are gearing up for the launch of the Grand Tour series 2 tomorrow (8 December) and in positive news they announced announced yesterday that the Prime Video app is now available on Apple TV and Apple TV 4k. As of time of writing, the product was not listed on Amazon.

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