Starting the given date, Google will be pulling the YouTube plug off the Amazon’s Fire TV and Echo Show. Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon’s Echo Show device, what is apparently an ongoing war. Samsung SmartTV’s also declined support for YouTube recently, but later added it on newer SmartTV sets. The reason behind this is unknown, but what we know so far is right here.
Amazon stopped selling the Nest E Thermostat, Nest’s Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system, just after the first skirmish war. Two weeks ago, Amazon got YouTube back on Echo Show by simply directing users to the web version, a workaround (hack) that left a lot to be desired. But again, that same version won’t be available after today.
In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson announced that the video channel company was withdrawing support for its service on both the Echo Show and, more importantly, Amazon’s Fire TV.
“ We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services. 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. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”
YouTube will be pulled from the Echo Show today. Customers who won a Fire TV will be safe enough until they start seeing a notification today warning them that the service will be unavailable as of January 1st, 2018.
Perhaps Google is hoping that the threat of losing YouTube on its main streaming device will force Amazon and other third-party to negotiate a truce both sides can live with before the new year.
For bonus points, YouTube, and Amazon are going to war over streaming services and plenty more. So YouTube is also disappearing again from the Amazon’s Echo Show video device. And if you got an Amazon Fire TV, say goodbye to using it to watch YouTube.
Google has been in negotiations with Amazon to try to get both company’s products on each of their platforms, a person familiar with Google’s thinking told, this could mean, for example, having Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming video service, on Google’s Cast streaming products.
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