Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Google and Amazon Fight Removes Streaming Access From Echo Show

Google and Amazon Fight Removes Streaming Access From Echo Show

On Tuesday, Google shut down its video service on Amazon's touchscreen-enabled smart speaker and plans to stop supporting YouTube on the Fire TV by January 1.

Only Roku is the victor here. Google added that it was working with Amazon to resolve the issue, but it did not elaborate on what changes it wanted Amazon to make to the Echo Show YouTube app.

The roots of the current dispute may go back to 2015 when Amazon made a decision to no longer stock the Google's popular Chromecast streaming devices. Similarly, Amazon Prime Video doesn't support Google's Cast feature, making it hard to get video to a big screen for Android users. For now, Amazon users will have to deal with the impending loss of YouTube as displayed on various warning pop-ups littered throughout Amazon's products and Google users will have to put up with the inability to cast Amazon apps.

Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon's Echo Show device - the first skirmish in what is apparently an ongoing war. An Amazon spokesperson commented that "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

Amazon seems to refrain from selling Google products that compete directly with its own, such as Amazon Echo range (which compete with Google Home) and Fire TV (which compete with Google's Chromecast).

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Google has announced it will block YouTube from two Amazon devices and criticised its rival for not selling Google hardware.

Google and Amazon's issues go beyond this sticking point. In its own statement, Seattle-based Amazon said its gadgets now send users to the YouTube website, and the company hopes to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.

The latest standoff between Google and Amazon was ridiculed by a trade association of high-speed internet providers.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", Google said in a statement. Roku's players feature channels for watching both Prime video and YouTube.

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