Google once again blocks YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show

Back in late September, Google pulled YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show. The latter is the smart speaker that features a 7-inch screen, and Google's streaming video site had proven to be quite popular on the Echo Show. At the time, Google stated that the use of YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show "violates our terms of service, creating a broken user experience. We hope to be able to reach an agreement and resolve these issues soon."

What Google was referring to was Amazon's decision not to offer two features on the Echo Show's version of YouTube that are available everywhere else. Those two features are autoplay and the ability to subscribe to channels. With the former, users can sit back and watch as each completed video leads to another related one that starts automatically. The latter allows users to follow the YouTube channel belonging to a certain content provider on YouTube, whether it is a company or individual, and be alerted when there is a new video from that channel.

When Google first pulled YouTube from the Echo Show, Amazon got some measure of revenge by no longer selling the Nest E Thermostat, Nest’s Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system. Google and Nest are separate firms both owned by corporate behemoth Alphabet.

A couple of weeks ago, Echo Show users were told to use the web version of YouTube as a workaround, once again bringing the application back to the smart speaker. But this was not an ideal situation since the web version didn't mesh well with the Echo Show's UI. And yesterday afternoon, Google once again pulled YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show by blocking the device from showing the web version of the app. A ban on YouTube for Fire TV was added for good measure. The latter action takes effect on January 1st, 2018.

YouTube released a statement about its action, and made it clear that Amazon's lack of support for Nest, Chromecast and other Google related products and services was behind its decision to once again block YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show. In the statement, YouTube does say that it hopes "to resolve these issues soon."


source: TheVerge

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10 Comments

1. Bjorn

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Kids!

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yes, amazon is such a child, just use Google's services with all the features and quit neutering android, then their would be no problems.

5. Bjorn

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I know, but companies this big should take this matter on the back end and not from the consumer side.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3129; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Google tried to discuss with Amazon but they just can't reach agreement. This problem strated since september this year (probably even longer), it took google long enough to block youtube from Amazon's products

7. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

That's true, but for years Amazon refused to sell Apple TV or Google Chromecast and give support to it! Amazon blocks other companies, whenever it is in competition to their own product. It is damn time, that Google reacts in the same manner.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I can understand why the auto play feature wouldn’t be included on the Echo Show as usually people who are going to be asking Alexa for a video just want to see that video and nothing else. Then you’d have to tell Alexa to stop playing in order to stop it from continuing to show more videos. I don’t understand the subscribe feature being turned off though. That one does have me baffled. However, in any case we shall see which company is going to fold first. I honestly believe it could end up being a worse situation for Google than Amazon. Why? Because YouTube is already under fire for “adpocalypse” and advertisers removing their ads from the site. Could you imagine what those companies would think if they knew YouTube was being pulled from potentially millions of households? Not a good thing. I think it’s a bluff on Googles part. Also to consumers who may not read the news it won’t look good on Googles end as people would think the company is blocking them from viewing content for no reason than just the fact that they own an Amazon product.

4. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

As they stated, Amazon does not allow Google Products on Amazon, why should they support Youtube on Amazon products?

8. RocknRolling

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Actually... Amazon blocked Google Chrome and Apple TV because Amazon Prime Video was not made available through Apple and Google. After some many years of the service being made available to Amazon Prime Users. Amazon did not just block Google or Apple just because. Plus, they all do the same. When a companies product is in direct conflict with their product, Google and Apple have worked to remove it or make it less easy for the products to be available through them... ie google search engines workarounds/ Microsoft Bing, Google Map/ Apple Map, Apple/ Fitbit... Maybe it's time for these companies to come together and make awesome tech rather than be profit minded and hold back technology advancement... I want to live to see flying cars LOL

9. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Yup! I use both the Android TV and Fire TV Stick, and it will suck losing youtube on the fire tv stick, but its good to get both companies to the table and get a mutual agreement to make both their products cross platform and more usable for the consumer.

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1868; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

No one benefits from this. Stupid quarreling that is pointless.

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