Google blocks YouTube access from Amazon's streaming devices

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08 December, 2017

Ever since its first iteration, one of the Apple TV's major weaknesses has been its lack of an Amazon Video app. Apple listened to customer complaints, and promised way back in September that the service would make its way to the premium streaming box in question.

Also available is Thursday Night Football live on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV while Amazon's library of 4K high dynamic range (HDR) titles are also available on Apple TV 4K.

Amazon and Apple launched the Amazon Prime Video on the Apple TV yesterday, this is one app that many people have been waiting for on the Apple TV.

The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets. Up until now, you could only use Prime Video with Apple TV via a wireless AirPlay connection, but now that those days are over you can just delete AirPlay.

While Apple, Google and Amazon all bicker with each other about how they deliver and distribute each other's products and services, other streaming platforms are also increasingly tetchy about the way the big three tech/web giants organise their respective platforms so to favour their own music and video services.

Amazon Fire TV is based on the open-source version of the Android platform and does not provide access to the Google store.

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"Echo Show and Fire TV now display a standard web view of YouTube.com and point customers directly to YouTube's existing website", Amazon said in the statement.

Amazon and Google's tit for tat relationship has taken to new heights after Google announced on 6 December 2017 that it will be restricting YouTube access on Amazon products.

All of which means that Amazon and Google can safely invest in the Apple ecosystem, without fear that they're creating an existential threat.

YouTube might soon disappear from your Amazon streaming device. The controller gives you a headphone jack for private listening and hands-free queries with Google Assistant.

Audio descriptions of Dolby 5.1 sound have been removed from selected movies on the Apple TV Prime TV app.
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Apple and Amazon seem to have buried the hatchet, at least for the time being. They want the content all in one place. Unless a truce is reached, YouTube will stop working on Fire TV on January 1. Now they are not available direct from Amazon, although earlier this year the company did briefly list the latest version of the device for sale on its United States site (but it has since been removed).


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