In a continued Hatfield versus McCoy style feud, Google has pulled YouTube off of the Echo Show and Fire TV. That’s right, if you’re the proud owner of either of these items, you won’t have access to your beloved cat videos any longer.
In an escalation of the back and forth feud, Google has returned volley by pulling its app off of the Echo Show. If you have an Amazon Fire TV, you’ll still have access. Though, you’ll see a notice that the app will no longer work after the start of the new year. The search giant is hoping this move will force Amazon’s hand in an attempt to reach an agreement with them. In a recent statement, Google had this to say:
“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.”
The back and forth first started when YouTube pulled its programming off the Echo Show. Amazon then pulled various Nest products off its site. This included the Nest Secure, Camera IQ and Nest E system. To add insult to injury, Amazon then offered the web version of YouTube as a way for Echo Show users to circumvent the lack of the YouTube app.
It’ll be interesting to see how Amazon retaliates, if at all. Or hopefully, just maybe, the two tech giants will finally reach an agreement. As usual, only time will tell. Do you have an Echo Show or Fire TV? Does losing YouTube have you bummed out? Tell us what you think by letting us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: The Verge