Google Plans Fire TV YouTube Ban

Google Plans Fire TV YouTube Ban
Amazon Fire TV owners will not be able to use their devices to watch YouTube videos from the start of next year.

(CCM) — Google has begun warning owners of Amazon's Fire TV streaming devices that they will not be able to use them to watch YouTube from the beginning of 2018, the BBC is reporting. It is also preventing Amazon's Echo Show device from accessing the video streaming service.

Google has decided to cripple the Fire TV and Echo devices because Amazon refuses to sell Google's competing products — the Chromecast video and audio-streaming dongle and the Google Home smart speaker — as well as Google's Nest-branded smart home devices including internet-connected thermostats and home security systems.

"We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services," Google explained in a statement. 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 statement added.

The move is likely to anger many Amazon customers who bought the devices on the understanding that they would be able to use them to stream YouTube videos.

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