Amazon working on YouTube clone for Echo Show and Echo Spot to be called AmazonTube?

Amazon working on YouTube clone for Echo Show and Echo Spot to be called AmazonTube?
You might remember that back in late September, Google pulled YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show and its 7-inch display. Google was upset that Amazon had removed certain features from the version of YouTube that was being used with the smart speaker. Amazon took away the autoplay capability, which allows a viewer to sit and watch video after video after video without having to lift a finger. Amazon also disabled the ability of  Echo Show users to subscribe to a YouTube Channel. These channels are where you will find videos posted by a particular company, or individual.

Amazon apparently is going to seek revenge because of Google's decision to pull YouTube from them. Instead, a filing found at the USPTO shows that the online retailer has filed to trademark the name AmazonTube. Another report suggests that Amazon is also looking for protection on the trademark "OpenTube." Both names hint at a streaming video feature that Amazon will offer to Echo users.

The complete trademark application submitted by Amazon makes it clear that AmazonTube will offer many of the same features that Google does with YouTube. That includes "software that enables users to designate specific content for future viewing." Google does have a huge lead in this category with YouTube, which it purchased back in November 2006.


source: USPTO via TVAnswerman, TheVerge

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18 Comments

1. gamehead unregistered

A big competitor to YT? I'm in

5. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The only thing I don't like about this is the name. AmazonTube just doesn't roll of the tongue at all.

6. Peacetoall unregistered

how about they name it echotube

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Tubezone? Amatube?

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I must agree out of the two options I’d rather they have OpenTube than AmazonTube. But I also must mention this has the potential to be very successful. At a time when content creators on YouTube are getting upset with demonetization and the “ad-pocalypse”, I am sure those same creators wouldn’t mind also uploading their vids to Amazon if it meant possibly more money. It doesn’t take a lot to hit the upload button on something already made. Now, what could be potential backlash is if YouTube retaliates by making creators sign a waiver or form that dictates that they will not upload their content elsewhere in return for more ad money.

2. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Hohoho, would be downright awesome to have a strong alternative to YouTube. Then ad free streaming could be another benefit for Amazon prime subscribers. Go Amazon, make it happen!

3. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

At this point, no platform can reach the scale YouTube has. It simply has the advantage of being in the online video market first before the big boom as it took them over a decade to get to the size they are today. Competitor platforms like Vimeo failed, Dailymotion failed, Facebook hasn't made much of a dent either, Vessel has failed, Vidme failed. What makes Amazon think they can succeed?

4. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

1. Amazon has a massive library of original content it can post itself. 2. Amazon has millions upon millions of daily users anyway. 3. Amazon has a hell of a lot more money than pretty much all of those competitors you mentioned to pour into it and make it a solid platform.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Seriously, did someone really come up with this gibberish? . It took so long and lots of failures for Nokia to step down from the top. But they did. And Nokia was my go-to brand—could very well still be in the future.

16. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

When it comes to videos of playing video games, it is not youtube, it is Twitch the one who wins. I don't think they will break Youtube, but they may decrease the number of Youtube users 10% in which is again a huge number of people Amazon is a really big and powerful company

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1037; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I'm totally in. Just one request: the name AmazonTube sounds like a hard work. Find a more catchy name.

17. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

They also are thinking of OpenTube

10. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Amazon tried before (phone and tablet), wasn't successful.. Think they need to stay in their lane.. Lol

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While their phone was indeed a flop (mostly because of its cost versus features and the OS wasn’t the best for phones), I am pretty sure Amazon has had tremendous success with their tablets. The 8 inch was a huge seller. And they’ve also had a lot of success with their Amazon Video service which brings shows like the Grand Tour to a huge audience. They’ve also had success with their Echo line of devices which is still the number one smart home item to this day. I’m just not sure what you’re pointing to that they’ve failed at besides the Fire Phone. 1 flop out of 10 successes doesn’t exactly spell a disaster.

12. fyah_king unregistered

PrimeTube!!!

13. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

aTube!!!!

14. Peacetoall unregistered

bicycle tube

18. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

aTube means not Tube Think of it as Typical and aTypical

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