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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday September 27, @09:09PM   Printer-friendly
from the no-youtube-for-you dept.

The Amazon Echo Show is an Alexa-powered voice assistant product that includes a touchscreen and a camera. Google has pulled support for YouTube on the device:

Google's popular video-sharing site appears to have disappeared from Amazon's device due to a dispute over how YouTube should work on the Echo Show. According to Amazon, Google pulled support for YouTube on the Echo Show on Tuesday afternoon:

Google made a change today at around 3 pm. YouTube used to be available to our shared customers on Echo Show. As of this afternoon, Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers. There is no technical reason for that decision, which is disappointing and hurts both of our customers.

But Google accused Amazon of breaking its rules on the way YouTube is presented, adding that talks between the two companies haven't yielded a solution.

We've been in negotiations with Amazon for a long time, working towards an agreement that provides great experiences for customers on both platforms. Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience. We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon.

The move is likely related to YouTube functionality desktop users are used [to] that is lacking from the Echo Show, including being able to share, recommend and comment on videos.

Also at The Verge.


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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Rosco P. Coltrane on Wednesday September 27, @09:28PM (3 children)

    by Rosco P. Coltrane (4757) on Wednesday September 27, @09:28PM (#574049)

    Welcome to the world of cloud computing, where content is held hostage by a few greedy companies and customers are at their total mercy for access.

    Me, my movies, music, books and shit are downloaded once and hosted on my NAS. When Google has a fit of greediness, I still can access my content. Amazing concept eh?

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  • (Score: 2) by ArhcAngel on Wednesday September 27, @09:52PM

    by ArhcAngel (654) on Wednesday September 27, @09:52PM (#574056)

    Same goes for Bezos and Amazon. I can happily stream Prime to my phone but the app "mysteriously" crashes when I try to run it on my Google TV device.

  • (Score: 2) by Pino P on Wednesday September 27, @11:45PM (1 child)

    by Pino P (4721) on Wednesday September 27, @11:45PM (#574101) Journal

    Me, my movies, music, books and shit are downloaded once and hosted on my NAS.

    But what protocol do your playback devices use to access your NAS? Because if your NAS makes features available through a built-in webserver, browsers won't let client-side scripts on cleartext HTTP pages use several features. Login pages over cleartext HTTP have a warning, Service Workers and Presentation API are already HTTPS-only, and there is persistent effort to make Fullscreen API HTTPS-only as well.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 30, @03:45PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 30, @03:45PM (#575300)

      This is what I ran into trying to write a skill for Alexa to stream the output from my MPD server over my Echo Dot. Basically, the only way around it would have been to pipe the output of MPD into an Icecast server set up with https, which is pretty terribly documented, because who bothers to encrypt an Icecast stream?

      I decided it wasn't worth the time and aggravation it was going to take and gave up...after all, it's not that hard to just tap a shortcut on my phone to get it all streaming right out of the same speakers. It does sort of beg the question of whether or not insisting on https ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE is really the best solution, however.