YouTube is cutting access to Amazon FireTV on January 1


As of today, Google is pulling all YouTube apps from the Echo Show and the Fire TV. "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.

If the fight between Amazon and Google is not resolved, it raises the prospect consumers will be forced into purchasing a growing number of competing devices to access online services they could once access through one device.

The speculation is that Amazon broke features Google relies on to track ads and earn money from YouTube videos. The biggest loser, in this case, is the consumer since you can't enjoy YouTube anymore on the Echo Show or Fire TV which stinks. YouTube ultimately returned to the Echo Show in late November, though sources familiar with the matter tell TechCrunch that Amazon at the time implemented a workaround that wasn't authorized by Google.

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Amazon stopped selling Google Chromecast in 2015, which the company said was because Chromecast didn't' work well with Prime Video.

Amazon seems to think this move has gone a step too far, though. "We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible".

A fight between two of the world's biggest tech companies, Amazon and Google, just got nastier. The lack of YouTube and YouTube TV will leave the Fire TV short a major app that other devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV all offer. That version of YouTube will be blocked immediately while the Fire TV app won't work, starting January 1, 2018.

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Amazon also has rankled Google by declining to sell an internet-connected thermostat made by Nest, which is owned by Alphabet Inc., like Google.

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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