Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

The online video giant says that integration with the Apple TV app, will mean that Prime Video members will be able to stream award-winning and critically-acclaimed titles including Amazon Original Movies, Prime Originals and Hollywood blockbusters and TV series and over 140 Channel subscriptions in the U.S. and 95 in the UK, Germany and Austria.

This new development in the existing row between the two companies follows YouTube disabling its programming from Amazon's Echo Show device, which Amazon retaliated by stopping to sell the Nest E Thermostat, Nest's Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system. That's it. There's no optical audio output or any other socket, which is a shame because there's certainly room for an HDMI passthrough, which would come in useful for cramming multiple 4K devices into a potentially limited number on the back of your TV.

There is nothing festive about Google's latest move to get even with Amazon as the two heavyweights continue to jockey for dominance in the smart home market.

Google Pulls YouTube From Amazon Devices
Sans YouTube, Amazon looks to be banking on its in-house services and against the Chcolate Factory's built-in customer base. Amazon and Apple have been in a similar brawl since 2015 stemming from the site kicking out the Apple TV from its listings.

"Making the situation even more unusual is that when I first installed the Amazon Video app yesterday, shows were appearing with the 5.1 header information on them". Yes, that's correct: Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV is finally a reality.

"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV", Google said. The controller gives you a headphone jack for private listening and hands-free queries with Google Assistant. It charges via Lightning connector, just like an iPhone, and it also has infrared support so you can use it to control the volume on your TV or set-top box.

Amazon has its own streaming device Fire TV, which competes against its expensive counterpart Apple TV. Customers can also enjoy Thursday Night Football live on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV.

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Roku has one of a complete channel libraries - more than 5,000, many of which you've never heard of. And, trust me, if you don't have multiple 4K sources already, you will do soon. If that happens, Fire TV owners can still watch on a phone, tablet or personal computer.

The key upgrades for the Apple 4K TV are all on the inside.

Yesterday, Apple sent out a press release announcing that the drought was over: Amazon Prime Video would now roll out on Apple TV. It also has YouTube, but not Google Play. There's room for both Amazon and Apple to thrive, especially since video is just one facet of Amazon Prime. You can always get the player on the device.

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