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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday December 07, @02:38AM   Printer-friendly
from the he-started-it dept.

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.

[...] In a statement, Google said, "Amazon doesn't carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn't make (its) Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of (our sister company) Nest's latest products. "Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV," Google said. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon."

[...] Amazon said in a statement, "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website." It said it hoped to resolve the issue with Google as soon as possible but customers could access YouTube through the internet - not an app - on the devices in the meantime.

Meanwhile, Amazon Prime Video has come to the Apple TV.

Also at The Verge and Variety.

Previously: Google Pulls YouTube off of the Amazon Echo Show
Google's "Manhattan" to Compete With Amazon's Echo Show

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by DutchUncle on Thursday December 07, @04:14AM (2 children)

    by DutchUncle (5370) on Thursday December 07, @04:14AM (#606634)

    >>> device makers claiming they should have veto power over what networks their customers may connect to.

    Ummm, no, backwards. This is about a web site having veto power over what software is allowed to view it, and thereby blocking a category of hardware using particular software. And it's about customers who did nothing wrong and have no input to the situation suddenly having functionality stolen away from devices they bought and paid for. It's about all of the openness of the Internet being sliced into walled gardens.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @09:06AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @09:06AM (#606721)

    So same as websites falsely saying they require IE and not showing anything else when using a different browser. Nothing new to see here, move along youngster.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @09:49AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 07, @09:49AM (#606743)

    the people who want to watch youtube videos are not google's customers.
    the people in this story are actually amazon's customers, because they paid amazon for the privilege of watching youtube.