Google blocks YouTube access on Amazon Echo, Fire TV devices

Google blocks YouTube access on Amazon Echo, Fire TV devices

Google blocks YouTube access on Amazon Echo, Fire TV devices

The cold war between Google and Amazon appears to be heating up today.

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

This isn't the first disagreement Google and Amazon have had regarding YouTube. Google announced it will officially block access to YouTube for Amazon's Echo Show connected video speaker, along with its streaming Fire TV devices.

Amazon stopped selling Google Chromecast in 2015, which the company said was because Chromecast didn't' work well with Prime Video.

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Google is preventing its YouTube video service from working on Amazon's line of hardware products, raising the stakes in a rivalry between two tech giants as their businesses increasingly overlap. The "lack of reciprocity" led Google to kill YouTube on Amazon's products. The apparent goal was to push its own video streaming hardware instead.

That's not an unreasonable position to take, as the company surely wants more control over the YouTube experience on Amazon's products, but unfortunately the only people getting hurt in this feud are customers.

"Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website", the spokesperson said.

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Google ends by noting how it hopes an agreement can be reached to resolve these issues. In apparent response, Amazon stopped selling some products by Nest (an Alphabet company like Google).

What this ultimately means is that starting today, Echo Show owners will no longer be able to enjoy YouTube content and FireTV users will no longer have access to the content after January 1.

Between those difficulties and the fact that Amazon pulled some of Nest's recent products (including the new Thermostat E, Camera IQ and Nest Secure alarm system), Google doesn't seem inclined to let Amazon continue to run its "hacked" versions of YouTube on its devices, though our source says that Google would be much happier working directly with Amazon than forcing consumers to pick sides.

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