Google blocks YouTube on Amazon devices in escalating feud

08 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
  • There's No Great Reason to Buy an Amazon Fire TV Anymore

According to Archer, while the Amazon Prime Video app has excellent video quality, the app appears to be only outputting audio in PCM stereo. At the Recode conference previous year, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said: "When we sell those devices, we want our player - our Prime Video player - to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms".

When the media reached out to Google about its decision to forbid YouTube on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, the latter's representatives stated the following reasons.

It is now unclear why Amazon chose to reduce its audio quality in its Apple TV app to PCM stereo. As of Wednesday, Apple TV owners are finally able to add Amazon's Prime Video to their devices - about six months after Apple chief executive Tim Cook promised the service was on its way. Amazon kicked the Chromecast, Google's television player, off its retail website in 2015, along with Apple Inc's TV player.

For those willing to abandon Fire TV, just about any other device will play YouTube.

Amazon Prime Video does have an iOS app - it's worth noting - so that doesn't entirely explain why Amazon doesn't stock those Apple devices. There's money to be made from selling the hardware, with the least expensive 4K Apple TV going for $179.

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How many subscriptions do you have to watch content on your television? For now, it's a bit hard to find in traditional Apple TV search.

"There is nothing that excites us more than delighting our customers, and we are thrilled for them to stream Prime Video on Apple TV", said Mark Eamer, Vthe VP of Prime Video. Offering access to thousands of the latest movies and TV programmes, you can stream content on demand or, find Prime offers to enable you to buy and keep your favourite shows.

These kinds of disputes can be confusing for consumers who probably just want to watch the things they like on the devices they've bought. As of time of writing, the product was not listed on Amazon. Though those Google app store "business terms" may also be a contributing factor in the aforementioned Amazon/Google spat. Both have also been pushing their own video and music-streaming services as well as competing video-control platforms.

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

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