Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Google pulls YouTube from Amazon Fire TV, Echo Show

Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show YouTube is cutting access to Amazon FireTV on January 1
Doris Mccormick | 06 December, 2017, 01:44

As America's giant tech companies scramble to extend their reach ever further into our homes and wallets, the battle between Google and Amazon has taken a bitter turn.

"Google made a change today at around 3 pm". Two weeks ago, Amazon got YouTube back on the Echo Show by simply directing users to the web version, a workaround that left a lot to be desired. All things being equal, it stands to reason that the move will hurt Amazon a lot more than it will hurt Google.

In September, Google pulled YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show, the Seattle based firm's voice enabled artificial intelligence product that also features a screen. "Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV", the spokesman said. The change for Echo Show takes place immediately, while YouTube is to come off Fire TV - which enables streaming of TV shows and movies - on January 1.

Now, with the feud with Google, Amazon is making its intentions known: the retail giant is making no bones about its future and plans that include a takeover of the consumer reatail space. While Amazon would benefit from YouTube access on its various streaming devices, Google likely wants Amazon to start selling its devices again.

UCF students gather to buy Peach Bowl tickets
The Tigers have officially been selected to play in the 2018 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Central Florida on New Year's Day. Auburn ranks in the top five in the SEC in passing, rushing, receiving, scoring and defense and ranks first in kicking.


Samsung starts production of 512GB eUFS chips, could appear in Galaxy S9
The controller chip also helps by speeding up the process that converts logical block addresses to physical blocks. You'd expect UFS storage to be faster than a microSD card, but that's impressively fast.


Target launches its own mobile payments system with debut of 'Wallet'
Folks will also be able to add their Target gift cards to Wallet, but again, the retailer did not say when that would be enabled. The company eventually sold the technology behind the system to Chase, which then turned around and launched Chase Pay.


Will these two ever reach an agreement?

The Chocolate Factory on Tuesday said it would be filing suit against the Bezos Bunch after it failed to cut a deal to allow its own streaming services to coexist with those of Amazon.

Between those difficulties and the fact that Amazon pulled some of Nest's recent products (including the new Thermostat E, Camera IQ and Nest Secure alarm system), Google doesn't seem inclined to let Amazon continue to run its "hacked" versions of YouTube on its devices, though our source says that Google would be much happier working directly with Amazon than forcing consumers to pick sides.

Now that YouTube is again blocked on the Show and on Fire TV, Amazon might have to come to the bargaining table. Neither company comes out of this looking particularly good, but the tiff has been escalating for a long time.

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