Google says it plans to pull YouTube from Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices on January 1, 2018.
The company is protesting Amazon’s policy not to sell Google-owned products that compete with Amazon devices such as the Chromecast and Google Home. Google is also upset that Amazon will not permit its Amazon Video service to be offered on Chromecast.
“We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services,” Google said in a statement. “We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”
Amazon countered yesterday that Google is “setting a disappointing precedent” by blocking Fire TV users from using a public web site. The etailer echoed Google’s hope that a settlement could be reached soon.
Google has also removed YouTube support from Amazon’s Echo Show device, the second time it has done so in four months.
Amazon had a similar dispute with Apple beginning in 2015 that was finally settled last spring. As part of that settlement, Apple’s Apple TV device is expected to begin offering Amazon Video app in the coming days.
— Phillip Swann