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YouTube to be withdrawn from Amazon Fire TV in bitter streaming war

07 December 2017

The news affects the Echo Show personal assistant (the Alexa model with a screen) which will be silenced immediately, with Amazon Fire TV dongles and boxes losing access by the end of the year. An Amazon spokesperson commented that "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

Both parties have said that they hope the matter will be resolved soon, but neither looks likely to budge.

Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon's Echo Show device - the first skirmish in what is apparently an ongoing war. In a move that echoes contract spats between television networks and cable providers, Google Inc. has announced that it will drop YouTube support for Inc.'s Fire TV and Echo Show media devices starting January 1.

Google has been known to use its terms of service to make its competitors lives harder.

Google said in a statement, "We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services". Hopefully the two companies can work out a deal soon and YouTube can return to Amazon's devices.

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It's a classic example of two companies fighting very publicly at the expense of the customer.

Besides withholding Chromecast and the Home speaker from its store, Amazon has also rankled Google by declining to sell an internet-connected thermostat made by Nest, which is owned by Google parent Alphabet Inc. At the time, both companies blamed each other for the outage, and Amazon eventually managed to get YouTube working again on the device in November.

Google is pinning the blame on Amazon, and of course, Amazon has released a statement which points the finger the other direction.

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YouTube to be withdrawn from Amazon Fire TV in bitter streaming war