Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Here are your options if YouTube vanishes from Amazon gizmos

Here are your options if YouTube vanishes from Amazon gizmos

"We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon", the Google statement added. In 2016, YouTube's viewership on TV screens grew 90% compared to 2015, according to the Google-owned company.

YouTube had only just been made available on the Echo Show because of the long-running dispute claiming a 'broken user experience' for the app, however, Google remains frustrated that Amazon withdrew sale of Google hardware, such as the wildly successful Google Chromecast, in an attempt to push people towards the Amazon equivalents. As well as the immediate blocking of YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show, a YouTube statement forewarned that the Amazon Fire TV won't be able to connect to YouTube from the beginning of 2018.

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"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", a Google spokeswoman said. Google needs the world's largest eCommerce platform to sell its products, and the absence of the world's most popular streaming site is not going to make Amazon video products the most attractive on the market. For example, Amazon does not sell Apple TV in its store, nor does it plan to sell Apple HomePod, Apple's smart speaker competitor to Amazon Echo. That includes Amazon Fire tablets, as Google hasn't threatened to block those yet.

Google said this "lack of reciprocity" was the reason it had stopped YouTube support to some Amazon devices.

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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.

In September this year, Google removed YouTube access from the new Echo Show for "violating terms of service".

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"Google and Amazon have been sparring for several months but the move by Google to pull YouTube off Amazon ecosystem devices may bring this issue to a head".

At the launch of the original Echo in the United Kingdom, we were told that when it came to Google, the 'door is always open';, but it seems that both parties are refusing to compromise.

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