Google blocks YouTube access from Amazon's streaming devices

Google blocks YouTube access from Amazon's streaming devices

Google is giving Amazon a leeway to negotiate; otherwise, YouTube will be pulled from Amazon Fire and Fire TV Stick as well starting January 1. "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website", Amazon's statement said. That includes Google's Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch up to Amazon's market-leading Echo.

"We've been trying to reach an agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services".

Alphabet's Google pulled support for its YouTube video service from's streaming-media devices, citing the internet retailer's failure to make Amazon Prime Video available through Google's gadgets and the recent halt of the sale of some Nest products on its website. YouTube was supposed to disappear from the Echo Show Tuesday, although Amazon has previously found ways to make unauthorized versions of YouTube available on that device.

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"We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", says Google. This indicates to me that Amazon has taken a business decision on this issue and implemented a plan to do all it can to reduce the threat of Google's hardware to Amazon's own devices. YouTube returned to the Show last month, just in time for Black Friday, but Google is again cutting access. They said that Google has been in talks with Amazon to ensure that both of its customers get access to each of their services irrespective of their platform.

"It should be about users of Google and Amazon, not Google and Amazon", a person familiar with Google's thinking told CNET. One of the first signs that the companies were at odds came when Amazon redesigned Google's Android mobile software for its Kindle tablets. "We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible". Variety reported that Amazon's latest implementation also had some terms-of-service issues, which were related to the way it used voice commands. As of Wednesday, Apple TV owners are finally able to add Amazon's Prime Video to their devices - about six months after Apple chief executive Tim Cook promised the service was on its way.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on whether Apple TV will return to Amazon's online store now that it supports Amazon Prime.