The standoff between Amazon and Google continues today with Amazon Fire TV owners scheduled to lose access to Google’s YouTube app in just six days.
On December 5, Google posted a message on the YouTube app on Fire TV devices that it would remove the app on January 1. (The warning notice is still there this morning.)
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.
Although Amazon has suggested it will begin selling the Google products, they are still unavailable on the etailer’s site this morning.
Amazon last week added a browser to the Fire TV service that could conceivably permit owners of the streaming device to access YouTube via the web rather than the app on January 1. However, it’s unclear if Google will permit Fire TV users to access YouTube.com; Google has the ability to block them if it decides to do so.
The skirmish between the companies took a strange turn last week when the TV Answer Man reported that Amazon could be preparing a YouTube competitor.
On the very day that Google posted the January 1 warning on the YouTube app, Amazon filed trademark requests for ‘Amazon Tube’ and ‘Open Tube.’ While Amazon does not mention YouTube in its applications, the lengthy descriptions for the two names bare an interesting similarity to YouTube’s main features.
Amazon says in its trademark applications that Amazon Tube and/or Open Tube would provide “non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks on a variety of topics.”
Later in the description, Amazon says the new service would also provide “on-line network services that enable users to share content, photos videos, text, data, images and other electronic works relating to entertainment…”
Amazon has not commented on the trademark requests.
— Phillip Swann