Google and Amazon are fighting, and consumers are paying the price

Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show

That includes Google's Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch up to Amazon's market-leading Echo.

Google, which is owned by Alphabet, said on Tuesday that the decision to block YouTube from Echo Show and Fire TV was due to a "lack of reciprocity" from Amazon, and followed failed attempts to reach an agreement over mutual access to products and services for customers of both companies. You can't play Google Music through your Echo or Amazon Music through your Google Home, for example, and until recently, Amazon Prime Video didn't have an official Android app.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services", a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Google has chose to cripple the Fire TV and Echo devices because Amazon refuses to sell Google's competing products - the Chromecast video and audio-streaming dongle and the Google Home smart speaker - as well as Google's Nest-branded smart home devices including internet-connected thermostats and home security systems. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon".

But Google is right to enforce its own rules when it comes to YouTube experiences on the web. The Show, unveiled in May, lets you scan your calendar for things like appointments and view weather forecasts. And YouTube was pulled from the Echo Show earlier because Google wasn't happy with the implementation (paywall), which prevented users from logging in and commenting. The new app also overlays voice controls, which Google says violates the company's Terms of Service. Google, Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Facebook, they all need each other and yet also will happily work with anybody to get a leg up on their hated friends and beloved enemies.

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The feud between Amazon and Google is escalating, and consumers may soon notice it in a pretty big way. Support on Echo Show is being disabled today while Fire Tv will lose the support on January 1, 2018.

The article concludes by pointing out that asking Amazon's Alexa to buy a Chromecast leads to a pitch for an Amazon Fire TV stick instead. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon. Amazon in October launched a home-security system that competes with Nest.

Amazon also doesn't sell Apple's video streaming player.

"When Amazon first made the Echo widely available in 2015, many weren't sure what to make of the product...." Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website. However, Google could change its mind if Amazon is willing to collaborate.

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