Despite an announcement that it would happen on Jan. 1, 2018, YouTube has disappeared from Amazon’s line of Fire TV products four days early.
YouTube and Amazon have been locked in a war for months now about the popular video streaming platforms presence on Amazon products. First YouTube was removed from the Echo Show, then returned only to be pulled again in short order. Then it was revealed that YouTube’s native app would be pulled from the FireTV line of products at the beginning of the year, but it seems one side or the other got anxious and did it a bit early.
FireTV owners are now directed to access YouTube by using either Amazon’s own Silk browser or by installing Firefox on their device.
Google has stated that the disagreement stems from Amazon’s lack of support for Prime Video on the Chromecast and not selling Google hardware on the site. The two companies have stated that they have had discussions to resolve the disputes, but the removal of YouTube from Fire TV ahead of schedule would seem to indicate that the two companies are still quite a distance apart from reaching any sort of agreement.
With Amazon having sold record numbers of Fire TVs this holiday season, this is sure to come as a blow to Amazon and is something they will want to resolve quickly.