Web Giant Blocking
Did you think net neutrality protects us from website blocking? Not one its champions do it to each other.
Google confirmed that it will be pulling access of YouTube on Amazon devices such as the Fire TV and Echo Show over complaints that Amazon doesn’t sell certain Google devices via its electronic marketplace
CNET and others reported Tuesday(December 5) that Google is poised to pull YouTube off of those Amazon devices on Jan. 1, 2018. CNET noted that YouTube disappeared from the new Echo Show device, which combines a touchscreen with a smart speaker, in September but came back last month.
“We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement to Multichannel News. “But Amazon doesn’t carry Google products like Chromecast and Google Home, doesn’t make Prime Video available for Google Cast users, and last month stopped selling some of Nest’s latest products. Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon.”
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