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The Google-Amazon spat has left more customers caught in the crossfire

06 December 2017, 01:15 | Brandon Parsons

YouTube is cutting access to Amazon FireTV on January 1

Google Starts Blocking YouTube on Fire TV, Echo Show

Google also left the Fire TV off the list of streaming players to be supported by YouTube TV in what is likely a continuation of their fight with Amazon. Amazon later reintroduced YouTube to the device, but the voice commands it added violated the use terms and on Tuesday Google again removed the service.

According to a Variety report, Google calls out Amazon's unwillingness to strike a business deal with the company as well as the number of products Amazon refuses to sell in its online retail store.

In a statement aGoogle spokesperson said: "We've been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other's products and services". Same goes for you Amazon Echo Show owners. "We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible".

Google has once again blocked YouTube from running on the Amazon Echo Show, as well as the firm's Fire TV devices.

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Google specifically calls Amazon out in its statement on the block for not selling devices like the Chromecast and Google Home.

Is Google right to withdraw the YouTube app as a result of Amazon's actions? The lack of YouTube and YouTube TV will leave the Fire TV short a major app that other devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Android TV all offer. Amazon had explained the move by saying it wanted to avoid confusing customers who might expect its Prime Video service to be available on devices sold by Amazon.

The Fire TV loses access to its YouTube app on January 1, Google said.

Google and Amazon have been in discussions for a long time to try and have a more mutually beneficial relationship, but it sounds like it hasn't been going well. Blocking YouTube from the Echo Show, and especially the Fire TV products, makes all of them far less desirable compared to competitive products such as Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV.

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