Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices

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You'll still have ways to watch YouTube service if it disappears from Amazon's Fire TV streaming device. Since that hasn't happened and Amazon refuses to not only not sell Chromecast, Google Home, and some Nest products, they don't seem interested in adding Google Cast to Prime Video either, time is up.

Here's hoping Amazon does something similar with Google.

Amazon responded in a statement, "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

Both companies should reach at an agreement and resolve these issues to avoid inconvenience to consumers.

Google said Tuesday it had cut access to YouTube on Amazon's smart speakers with screens, called the Echo Show, and that it plans to block YouTube on Amazon's Fire TV media-streaming device on January 1. It's understandable that Google is frustrated by Amazon using its service but not selling its products, but pulling YouTube from Amazon's devices means that Google is making it harder to use YouTube on Amazon's hardware.

Google said in a statement, "We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services".

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The roots of the current dispute may go back to 2015 when Amazon made a decision to no longer stock the Google's popular Chromecast streaming devices.

The move is the latest in the ongoing clash between Google and Amazon over their respective streaming media services.

There were also reports that Google could be creating a smart screen device to compete with the Amazon Echo Show. Not all of them will play video from Amazon - though Apple TV just got Amazon's app Wednesday.

The latest standoff between Google and Amazon was ridiculed by a trade association of high-speed internet providers.

YouTube blocked the Echo Show's work-around effective December 5. Google needs the world's largest eCommerce platform to sell its products, and the absence of the world's most popular streaming site is not going to make Amazon video products the most attractive on the market.

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