Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices in escalating feud

Mere days after the little tussle between Google and Amazon seemed to be clearing up, the two companies are apparently at it once again. 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. "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". "We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible".

The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. August 7, 2017.

A spokesperson for Amazon told Business Insider that the Echo Show and Fire TV will show a standard web view of YouTube, and point customers directly to its website, rather than using an app. Our source says that Google would like to have more of its hardware products like Chromecast and Google Home available through Amazon, but the company has long avoided selling products that compete with its own hardware initiatives - that's why you can't get an Apple TV on Amazon, for example.

Alphabet pulling YouTube from the Inc.

The bad news comes via Variety, which reports that Google is cutting off Amazon's access to the popular YouTube app on the Echo Show speaker device and, starting in January, on the Amazon Fire Stick as well.

Amazon and Google are at odds after the Silicon Valley search giant pulled YouTube off Amazon's TV streaming service.

The Amazon-YouTube fight is also reminiscent of TV industry disputes over carriage fees-in which cable companies stop carrying popular channels-and reflects how the companies that once sought to disrupt media monopolists are turning into them instead.

Amazon and Apple mended ties earlier this year when it was announced Prime Video would come to Apple TV.

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

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