Google is Pulling YouTube From The Fire TV

YouTube is cutting access to Amazon's FireTV and Echo Show                  CNET

YouTube is cutting access to Amazon's FireTV and Echo Show CNET

When the Echo Show first launched, one of its biggest draws was the ability to watch YouTube on it. "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 Nest's latest products". As you can imagine, Google likely wants to have YouTube on Amazon's services, since millions of people use them and Google is all about that reach. Google has been in negotiations with Amazon to try to get both company's products on each of their platforms, a person familiar with Google's thinking told CNET.

We've learned that Google is pulling support for YouTube from the Echo Show as of today; the version of YouTube that exists on Fire TV will work until January 1st. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", the Google spokeswoman said.

In September, Google cut off YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show, which had displayed videos on its touchscreen without video recommendations, channel subscriptions and other features. 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.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Google said the company blocked YouTube due to failed negotiations with Amazon.

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. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon. Apparently, the two rivals have been in discussion for some time to resolve these many conflicts, but it looks like Amazon is standing firm on not selling products on its retail sites from direct rivals (that also includes the Apple TV set-top box).

Users of the Fire TV streaming devices will see a warning notification beginning today. 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.

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