Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Google pulls YouTube off Amazon devices again over Nest carriage

Google pulls YouTube off Amazon devices again over Nest carriage

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.

"Google made a change today at around 3 pm".

At the time, Google said Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violated its terms of service.

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

As first reported by The Verge, YouTube is pulling its service from the Echo Show, and more significantly, Amazon Fire TV. Google announced it will officially block access to YouTube for Amazon's Echo Show connected video speaker, along with its streaming Fire TV devices.

Google specifically calls Amazon out in its statement on the block for not selling devices like the Chromecast and Google Home. 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. Amazon was able to bring back YouTube support several weeks ago with a workaround that just loaded the web versions of videos, but now Google is done playing around.

Amazon's decision to launch what was essentially a hacked version of YouTube on the Echo Show is where things heated up.

Amazon recently got YouTube to work again on the Echo Show, but in a roundabout way that wasn't sanctioned by Google.

"Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website", the spokesperson said. When the companies could not reach an agreement, Google pulled the plug on YouTube.

Google and Amazon, of course, have an interesting relationship insofar that the Google products referenced above compete directly with offerings from Amazon.

While nixing support for the Echo Show might not be a big deal, doing so for Amazon's Fire TV will definitely have much more of an impact.

YouTube on Echo Show will no longer be available beginning today, and YouTube on Fire TV devices will be pulled on January 1, 2018. Hopefully, they can come to an agreement that works for all parties, because it's users who are paying the price right now.

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