Google to block YouTube on Amazon devices
The decision to block YouTube is retaliation for Amazon's refusal to sell some Google products that compete with Amazon gadgets.
That includes Google's Chromecast streaming device, an alternative to Fire TV, and an internet-connected speaker called Home, which is trying to catch up to Amazon's market-leading Echo. Amazon's high-end Echo Show has a screen that can display video.
"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV," Google said in statement.
The battle highlights the power that the world's major technology companies are gaining as they dominate important corners of commerce and communications.
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon has tremendous sway over what people buy, while the results delivered by Google's ubiquitous search engine often help determine what people do on and off the web.
Google is hoping to pressure Amazon into selling Google's products by taking away access to the world's most widely watched video service. Unless a truce is reached, YouTube will stop working on Fire TV on Jan. 1.
YouTube was supposed to disappear from the Echo Show Tuesday, although Amazon has previously found ways to make unauthorized versions of YouTube available on that device. ■