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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday December 07 2017, @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 Amazon.com 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: 1, Offtopic) by arcz on Thursday December 07 2017, @04:12PM (2 children)

    by arcz (4501) on Thursday December 07 2017, @04:12PM (#606844) Journal

    What does this have to do with net neutrality?

    Net neutrality is about preventing ISPs from discriminating against internet traffic, not about preventing the reciever of that traffic from rejecting some of it.

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  • (Score: 2) by Runaway1956 on Thursday December 07 2017, @04:39PM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday December 07 2017, @04:39PM (#606856) Journal

    It's about people's right to data. A person wants some data from Google, and Google denies data based on which device they are using.

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by arslan on Friday December 08 2017, @12:56AM

      by arslan (3462) on Friday December 08 2017, @12:56AM (#607059)

      But the person can access the data.. with a different device - in fact on a general purpose device like a PC. There's lots of data on the net that are far less accessible..

      They're blocking access to _small_ number of channels, proprietary channels at that, to that data that's all - and only because AWS did the same to them. Its a stretch to say that act in on itself is anti net-neutrality.

      But yea, Google like any other mega-corp could careless about NN as long as it doesn't get in the way of profits.