Amazon and Google fight over streaming, Google retaliates by blocking YouTube on Amazon devices
Two tech giants are in a messy streaming video fight.
Google on Tuesday said it would pull its YouTube apps from Amazon’s Echo Show, which is an Alexa-powered device with a screen, and Fire TV starting next month.
Why? Google pointed a finger at Amazon, which hasn’t been selling products from Google and other brands, such as from Google’s separate brand Nest.
Amazon also doesn’t allow Google products to have access to its Prime Video streaming service, the statement said.
“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,” the company said in a statement to the Post.
“Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”
A statement from Amazon on Tuesday didn’t address Google’s claims. But the company did say that did not block consumer services and that Amazon users could still reach the website version of YouTube.com on the Echo Show and Fire TV.
“Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website,” Amazon’s statement said. “We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on whether Apple TV will return to Amazon’s online store now that it supports Amazon Prime. As of time of writing, the product was not listed on Amazon.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post.