Google is Pulling YouTube From the Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV

Back in late September, Google pulled the YouTube app from the Amazon Echo Show, a smart speaker with a built-in display.

A little more than a month later and YouTube made its return to the in-home accessory, but it looks like it won’t be a permanent return. As reported today by The Verge, Google is planning on pulling YouTube support from the Amazon Echo Show beginning today. The company will also be removing YouTube support from the Amazon-branded Fire TV set-top box and streaming stick.

The decision to remove its YouTube apps from some of Amazon’s devices is due to an on-gong feud between Google and Amazon, according to the report. Google sees a lack of reciprocity on Amazon’s part, seeing as Amazon does not sell Google devices like Chromecast in its online store, nor does Amazon let Amazon Video app owners use Chromecast to stream their content from one device to another.

Here’s the official statement from a YouTube spokesperson:

“We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services. But 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. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”

As mentioned above, Echo Show support for YouTube will be dropping by the wayside beginning today. For folks who own a Fire TV device, they will be getting a notification in the short-term that informs them that YouTube support will be getting dropped as of January 1, 2018.

This is not a new scenario for Amazon by any means. The company has gone head-to-head with Apple, too, when it stopped selling Apple TV devices on its digital storefront.

It’s likely that Google and Amazon are in continuous talks behind-the-scenes, and the fact that YouTube support is getting pulled will probably be a pretty strong bargaining chip for Google moving forward. It will be interesting to see how quickly this gets sorted out, if it does at all.

[via The Verge]

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