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Amazon’s feud with Google grows, YouTube pulled from Fire TV

by Brandon Russell | December 5, 2017December 5, 2017 1:30 pm EST

The politics between Amazon and Google took another unfortunate turn on Tuesday, with YouTube confirming it will no longer support the Echo Show or Fire TV. The news follows a move by YouTube over the summer that saw the company suddenly pull support for the Show, only for a neutered YouTube experience to reappear on the Alexa-powered device.

A YouTube spokesperson released a statement to The Verge, and it’s a purely political move:

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 Fire TV.

While the two companies squabble, it’s the customer who is ultimately affected. Not having YouTube available on the Fire TV is a huge deal considering the streaming platform’s popularity. (And, hey, we’d be lying if we said this doesn’t worry us. A large portion of TechnoBuffalo’s audience is reached through YouTube.)

Google isn’t the only company Amazon has butted heads with. Amazon previously pulled the Apple TV from its website after a minor falling-out. The two companies are seemingly on good terms now, however, as Amazon’s Prime Video app is supposed to hit the Apple TV this year—at least that’s the plan.

“We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon,” the YouTube spokesperson said about its disagreement with Amazon.

Echo Show owners will see YouTube disappear from the device starting today, with the platform set to be unavailable through the Fire TV starting January 1.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.