Amazon Blocks YouTube on the Amazon Fire TV Before Google's Deadline

Amazon Blocks YouTube on the Amazon Fire TV Before Google's Deadline

"Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV", Google added.

If you're an Amazon Fire TV owner, it looks as though your access to the native YouTube client is coming to an end sooner than expected. 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.

Things might not be as bad as they seem, though.

YouTube originally said it wasn't going to remove the app until January 1st, 2018, but it's unclear if it was Amazon or Google who removed the app from the streaming box. Google and Amazon have both pulled product and software support from each other's stores during the latter half of 2017. Instead of opening the app, clicking the YouTube icon on a Fire TV now redirects users to a built-in internet browser, which people can theoretically use to access YouTube via the standard web portal.

"We are in productive discussions with Amazon to reach an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon".

FastCompany has gotten hold of screenshots that show a message (seen below) prompting Fire TV users to browse YouTube through the Silk or Mozilla browsers, launched earlier this month.

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