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YouTube on Amazon devices feud escalates

YouTube on Amazon devices feud escalates

"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV". Google told the site Engadget that it would not support YouTube on the Echo Show or Fire TV because Amazon would not carry Google products like Chromecast, Google Home and Nest and would not support the Chromecast on Amazon Prime Video. The decision to block YouTube is in retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. "We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon".

THE LONG TERM feud that has been quietly been brewing between Google and Amazon spilt over last night as the search giant announced it would be removing its YouTube app from Amazon products. But in this case, Google appears to have had a legitimate gripe about the way the Echo Show displayed YouTube.

Google says it will pull its YouTube video service from Amazon's Fire TV and Echo Show devices in a nasty fight between the big boys of consumer tech that leaves consumers in the crossfire.

"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.

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The dispute between Amazon and Google mirrors the face-offs that occasionally crop up between pay-TV providers and TV networks when it comes time to re-negotiate their deals. In September 2017, after the first Amazon Echo Show / YouTube spat, Amazon ceased sales of Nest smart thermostat and associated devices, and it is notable that Amazon has never sold any Google Home hardware.

In response, Amazon said Google had set a "disappointing precedent". However, the pair made up earlier this year, allowing the Prime Video app to make its iOS debut.

Internet giants Amazon and Google have come to blows over the way in which they promote and acknowledge each other on their own platforms.

Google and Amazon are in the middle of a very public fight where neither is the victor, but consumers are the real losers. Those two features are autoplay and the ability to subscribe to channels. But on Tuesday, Google pulled YouTube access on the Amazon Echo Show again.