Google pulls YouTube access from Amazon products

Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show

YouTube is cutting access to Amazon FireTV on January 1

The service was initially blocked earlier this year on the Echo Show (Amazon's Alexa-enabled screen) which shipped with a custom YouTube app developed without Google involvement. Apple announced that it would be launching a version of the Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", a Google spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Engadget.

"We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", the Google spokesperson said.

Echo Show users won't be able to use YouTube starting Monday.

The e-commerce giant has long refused to sell many of Google's hardware products, including its Chromecast streaming device, Home smart speaker and, more recently, several of its Nest security offerings.

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The move marks the second time Google has pulled YouTube from the Echo Show, having done it once from September into November, alleging that Amazon had violated YouTube's terms of service by running it on the Show device and "creating a broken user experience", according to media reports from September. Perhaps Google is hoping that the threat of losing YouTube on its main streaming device will force Amazon to negotiate a truce both sides can live with before the new year.

Removing YouTube from the Echo Show likely makes it a less desirable product.

The Chocolate Factory on Tuesday said it would be filing suit against the Bezos Bunch after it failed to cut a deal to allow its own streaming services to coexist with those of Amazon. For its part, Amazon, through a spokeswoman, said that Alphabet's Google unit is "setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website". It also notes that Amazon refuses to make Prime Video work on Chromecast devices.

A person familiar with Google's thinking on the matter told Engadget that a big point of contention had been the fact that Amazon implemented what was essentially a hacked version of YouTube on both the Echo Show and Fire TV. Now, Amazon looks to be making inroads into Google's bread and butter: digital advertising.

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