Google blocks YouTube access on Amazon Echo, Fire TV devices

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Engadget added that, according to its own unnamed source, Google reportedly didn't like Amazon's YouTube workarounds, which may not allow for the collection of ad revenues that Google gets from those videos. "But Amazon doesn't carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of [Google-owned] Nest's latest products", said the spokesperson.

Amazon and Google are not getting along right now, and that rocky relationship has resulted in YouTube being pulled from Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV devices. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon".

The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017.

The Amazon-YouTube fight is also reminiscent of TV industry disputes over carriage fees-in which cable companies stop carrying popular channels-and reflects how the companies that once sought to disrupt media monopolists are turning into them instead.

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Fire TV owners, I hope you don't enjoy watching much YouTube, because the app is about to disappear from your device. Earlier this year Google pulled the YouTube app from the Echo Show. These smart home devices compete with Amazon's increasing smart home lineup, though older Nest cameras and products from Nest are still listed on the shopping site. The Apple TV, as a prime example, is not available via Amazon. Neither can its Chromecast video streaming device.

Amazon's solution was largely a case of having the Show display YouTube as if it were on a desktop browser, which was far from ideal, but it seemed to make everyone happy until a better solution could be developed.

The Fire TV loses access to its YouTube app on January 1, Google said.

That's not an unreasonable position to take, as the company surely wants more control over the YouTube experience on Amazon's products, but unfortunately the only people getting hurt in this feud are customers.

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