If you have an Amazon Fire TV, say goodbye to using it to watch YouTube.
Google-owned video service is cutting off access to the Amazon device on January 1, a Google spokeswoman said Tuesday. YouTube is also cutting off access for the second time to Amazon's Echo Show video device.
The moves indicate that the battle between the world's largest search engine and the world's largest online retailer may become larger and more disorderly by 2018.
"We have been trying to reach an agreement with Amazon to give to consumers access to the products and services of others, "the spokeswoman said in a statement. "But Amazon does not have Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, it does not make Prime Video available to Google Cast users, and last month it stopped selling some of Nest's latest products.
" Given this lack of reciprocity, "he said, added" We no longer support YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these problems soon. "
Amazon representatives did not respond immediately to a request for comments.
Google and Amazon have been in an increasingly intense competition on multiple fronts, with Amazon pushing deeper into the territory of Google's online advertising and Google moves to Amazon's territory of e-commerce and smart loudspeakers.This competition over the years has spread to the public eye and has resulted in few options for customers It is not yet clear whether Google's last move was seen as a negotiation move by the search giant or a sign of more clashes between the two companies.
In one of the most recent disputes between Two companies, YouTube disappeared from the Amazon Echo Show in September, May, is essentially a smart Amazon Echo speaker with inco touchscreen YouTube returned to the show last month, just in time for Black Friday, directing users to YouTu. The be be website, but Google is cutting access again.
At the time, Google said Amazon's implementation of YouTube on the Echo Show violated its terms of service.
Two years ago, Amazonby helping Amazon direct its customers to their own Fire TV and away from competing devices. Amazon at that time said that the measure was to ensure that their customers bought the best devices to see their Prime Video service and help "avoid customer confusion."
Apple said earlier this year that Prime Video will come to Apple TV. Prime Video is not available on devices with Google Chromecast or Android TV, but it is found on mobile devices with Android.
Google and Amazon have been in a high-risk battle to place their devices in their home. Amazon launched the Echo, a voice-controlled speaker and smart home hub, in 2014. Google did the same last year with rival Google Home. Apple plans to join the market with its $ 350 HomePod. Still, Amazon is the dominant leader in the world of smart speakers, with Echo devices that own 73 percent of the market. Google is far behind with 27 percent, according to a report by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
In September, Amazon introduced a new line of Echo devices, which includes an updated Echo, the Echo Plus and the Echo Spot. The following month, Google unveiled a new series of hardware products for its assistant, a digital assistant similar to Alexa, from Amazon, and Siri from Apple, to more users. The new devices include an updated version of the Google Home smart speaker and a Google Home Mini device.
Despite direct competition between Google Home and Amazon Echo, the two companies continue to work together for some connected home devices. For example, Google's parent company, Alphabet, continues to allow people to control their Nest Thermostats and Cameras using an Echo. The Nest Thermostat is available on Amazon, but another Nest product disappeared from the site last month, including Nest Thermostat E, a cheaper version of the device, and the Nest Secure alarm system.
At this time, Google Home can not be purchased on Amazon either. Nor can your Chromecast video streaming device. Google has been in negotiations with Amazon to try to obtain the products of both companies in each of its platforms, a person familiar with Google's thinking told CNET. For example, that could mean having Prime Video, Amazon's video streaming service, in Google's Cast products.
"It should be users from Google and Amazon, not from Google and Amazon," said the family member.
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