Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

Amazon also moved to stop selling Nest and Google Home devices on their site.

There's no word yet on if YouTube will return to Fire TV and Echo Show.

In the market for a new Google Chromecast or Apple TV media streamer for yourself or someone else this holiday season?

Amazon's decision to restock the devices, which was first reported Thursday by CNET, may be particularly helpful in smoothing things over between Amazon (amzn) and Google (googl).

Analysts said it was because they let people watch services that competed with Amazon's Prime Video.

Neither the Apple TV nor the Google Chromecast are now available on Amazon in the U.S., though that should change soon.


When it pulled YouTube, Alphabet Inc.'s Google cited the removal of the Chromecast from Amazon's website as the reason.

In a statement to The Verge, Google revealed that it is engaging in "productive discussions" with Amazon about the YouTube issue. Such an agreement would nearly certainly result in the massively popular video app staying put on Amazon's streaming devices.

Amazon's decision to drop Chromecast devices from its site kicked off a very public feud. Google also left the Fire TV off the list of streaming players to be supported by YouTube TV in what is likely a continuation of their fight with Amazon.

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

Over the last few months, a rift between Google and Amazon started to expand. About two years ago Amazon chose to stop selling Chromecast devices through their online shopping site.

Amazon removed the TV streaming devices for sale in late 2015, saying they did not wish to confuse buyers with selling products that did not work well with its own Amazon Prime video streaming service.

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