Google pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV

Joanna Estrada
December 6, 2017

If you've got an Amazon FireTV, say goodbye to using it to watch YouTube.

So now we're back to square one, with Echo Show users left unable to access any YouTube content. Fire TV users, meanwhile, will lose access on January 1. Google pulled the YouTube app from the Show in September claiming that it didn't follow the company's terms of service, but in late November, YouTube made an appearance on the Show once again in the form of a web browser.

Based on a statement from Google, the latest development in its battle with Amazon reaches back to Amazon's decision in 2015 to stop selling Google's Chromecast as well as the Apple TV. Google's statement pointed out that Amazon has refused to sell some of its own hardware devices, such as the Google Home speakers and Chromecast, and Amazon also does not support its Prime Video service for Google Cast devices. 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 - a move that cuts out features and also likely affects Google's ability to collect on some of the ad revenue that comes from its videos.

"Given this lack of reciprocity", she added. As of today, Google is pulling all YouTube apps from the Echo Show and the Fire TV.

How do you feel about YouTube support blocked from the Echo Show and Fire TV devices? "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues".

Google pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV
Google pulling YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV

Right now, Google Home, the search giant's rival to the Amazon Echo, can't be bought on Amazon. YouTube used to be available to our shared customers on Echo Show.

"It should be about users of Google and Amazon, not Google and Amazon", said the person familiar. Similarly, Amazon Prime Video doesn't support Google's Cast feature, making it hard to get video to a big screen for Android users.

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".

Amazon representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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