Susan Wojcicki

Google is preventing YouTube from working on Amazon products like the FireTV and the Echo Show.
Google said it took action because Amazon doesn’t carry Google hardware or let Google hardware stream Amazon Prime Video.

Google is preventing its YouTube video service from working on Amazon’s line of hardware products, raising the stakes in a rivalry between two tech giants as their businesses increasingly overlap.

On Tuesday, Google notified Amazon Echo Show owners that they will no longer be able to watch YouTube videos on their gadgets, according to media reports. Google also told owners of Amazon’s Fire TV, a streaming set top box that connects to televisions, that they will lose access to YouTube on January 1.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Google said the company blocked YouTube due to failed negotiations with Amazon.

“We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services,” the spokesperson said. “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.”

A spokesperson for Amazon told Business Insider that the Echo Show and Fire TV will …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Finance

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