Amazon is once again selling Google’s Chromecast — For real this time

Amazon is finally actually selling Google’s Chromecasts, as first spotted by Android Police. Both the regular 3rd-gen Chromecast and the Chromecast Ultra are now listed as in-stock and available to purchase directly from Amazon. Read more ›

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Amazon is not banning all Google Nest products

A new article by Business Insider is being reported by numerous news outlets under sensational headlines that make it seem as though Amazon will be pulling all Nest products from their website and that tension between Google and Amazon has escalated. In reality, the article simply sheds a bit of light on events that transpired last year which contributed to Google announcing that YouTube would be blocked on Fire TV devices. Nothing new that we didn’t already know about has transpired between Amazon and Google. Read more ›

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How to continue using the original YouTube app on an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Since Google hasn’t actually blocked the use of the old YouTube app on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television, this guide shows you how to install the old app so that you don’t need to use the Silk Browser or Firefox to access YouTube. Read more ›

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Google has not yet blocked access to YouTube on Amazon Fire TV devices


The new year is here and Google has not done anything to block access to YouTube on the Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television. Despite so many news outlets incorrectly reporting that Google already blocked YouTube on the Fire TV last week, it was actually Amazon that updated the YouTube app early and made it redirect customers to a web browser for YouTube access. It’s unknown if Google forced Amazon to update the app or if Amazon decided to preemptively change their YouTube app themselves, but if you install the old version of the app, it is still fully functional. Read more ›

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Amazon updates YouTube app on Fire TV to redirect customers to Firefox or Silk Browser

Amazon has just updated the YouTube app for Fire TV devices, which they make themselves. The updated app now prompts users to load YouTube in the Firefox or Silk web browsers. This appears to be a preemptive move ahead of Google’s decision to block access to YouTube on Fire TV devices on January 1st. Read more ›

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Google says they are in ‘productive discussions’ with Amazon to keep YouTube on the Fire TV

Things are looking good for YouTube to remain accessible on Fire TV devices next year. Google has told The Verge, and multiple other news outlets, that they are in “productive discussions with Amazon to reach an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers.” Read more ›

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Amazon to once again sell the Google Chromecast and Apple TV

Amazon has re-listed the Google Chromecast and the Apple TV, as first spotted by CNET. This is significant since Amazon removed both devices from their website two years ago after being unhappy with the state of Amazon Video on both platforms. This should relieve tension between Amazon, Google, and Apple, which may be the first step to avoiding the upcoming ban of YouTube on the Fire TV by Google. Read more ›

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Amazon makes the YouTube “app” for the Fire TV, not Google, and that’s very important

Now that Google has decided to block access to YouTube on the Fire TV starting next year, there are many heated discussions about who’s to blame, Amazon or Google, for this mess. I’m not here to point fingers, but I do want to clear up something that many arguers are getting wrong. The YouTube app for Fire TV devices is made by Amazon, not Google. That is a very important distinction that highlights how far Google is going to combat Amazon and hurt consumers in the process. Read more ›

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Google to block YouTube from the Amazon Fire TV on January 1st, 2018

Amazon and Google have been at odds for years. Their clash has reached a new level today. Google has issued a statement announcing that the company was pulling support for YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show immediately and will pull support for YouTube on Amazon Fire TV devices on January 1st, 2018. Read more ›

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Amazon restores YouTube access on Echo Show and adds access to Vimeo and Dailymotion

A couple of months ago, Google blocked access to YouTube on the Amazon Echo Show because the device’s voice optimised interface violated their terms of use. I never got around to writing about it when it happened because I was busy attending to more important matters. Today, Amazon has restored access to YouTube videos on the Echo Show. While they were at it, they also added access to videos from Vimeo and Dailymotion. Read more ›

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Amazon releases Prime Video app in the Google Play Store for phones and tablets

Amazon has made their Prime video app in the Google Play Store available to US users for the first time. Before this change, the app was only available to non-US users and US customers had to sideload the Amazon Underground app to watch Amazon Video on Android phones and tablets. This change now allows all Android users to easily install the app from the official Google Play Store. Read more ›

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Amazon.com removes all Chromecast, Apple TV, and Nexus Player listings on schedule

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At the beginning of the month, Amazon announced they would stop selling the Chromecast, Apple TV, and Nexus Player through Amazon.com. Their official reasoning for banning these streaming media players was to “avoid customer confusion” since these devices did not “interact well with Prime Video.” In my opinion, it had more to do with Amazon using their retail leverage to sway Apple and Google into changing their in-app purchase policies. When announcing the new policy, Amazon said new listings for these products could no longer be created, which is why the new Apple TV and new Chromecast have never been available through Amazon. The largest online retailer also said existing listings for these devices would be removed on October 29th. That day is today and, as expected, the Amazon.com listings for the Chromecast, Apple TV, and Nexus Player have all been removed and replaced with 404 error pages. Searching for any of the removed devices on Amazon brings up search results devoid of the aforementioned products, but does produce a page with a banner at the top that takes customers to Amazon’s Streaming Media Player hub which features the Fire TV, Roku 4, Tivo Bolt, and other streaming boxes.

Notably, the Nvidia Shield and Razer Forge TV remain available for purchase through Amazon. Both of these devices run Android TV and provide the exact same user experience as the banned Nexus Player when it comes to viewing Amazon Video. The Nexus Player, while manufactured by ASUS, is as close to a Google product as you can get. The removal of only the Android TV device that was co-developed by Google is further evidence that Amazon is specifically targeting Apple and Google with this product ban.

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Understanding the reasoning behind Amazon’s ban of the Apple TV, Chromecast, and Nexus Player

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Amazon’s decision to stop selling streaming devices that don’t support Amazon Prime Video has ruffled quite a few feathers. Many see this decision as a way for Amazon to hurt the sales of competing devices, but there is a lot more to it than that. The real issue, and likely the driving force behind this decision by Amazon, is with in-app purchase restrictions imposed by Apple and Google, as well as the closed nature of the Google Cast protocol. Read more ›

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Amazon to stop selling Apple TV and Chromecast for lack of Prime Video support

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The gloves have come off as Amazon will reportedly stop selling streaming video devices that do not support Prime Video, like the Apple TV, Chromecast, and Nexus Player. Bloomberg Business is reporting that Amazon marketplace sellers have been sent an email from Amazon outlining the changes. New listings for non-Prime Video streaming devices will not be allowed and existing inventory will be removed from Amazon on Oct. 29th. Devices like Rokus, Xboxs, and PlayStations will not be affected because they support Prime Video streaming. Read more ›

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