Why Is Amazon Playing Nice With Apple But Not With YouTube?

YouTube cracks down on disturbing videos of children

YouTube cracks down on disturbing videos of children

While Google and Amazon continue to bicker back and forth about which company's services will be available for what platforms, it seems as though Apple has its act together, with Amazon Prime Video now available on the Apple TV.

Yesterday, Apple sent out a press release announcing that the drought was over: Amazon Prime Video would now roll out on Apple TV.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on whether Apple TV will return to Amazon's online store now that it supports Amazon Prime.

"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.

The rivalry between Google and Amazon has heated up as the search giant and online retailer have moved quickly into hardware and internet services. That includes Google's Chromecast, a streaming device that's cheap but slightly tricky to use, since you have to start the video on your iPhone or Android phone and then switch the stream to the TV. Most of the companies making these devices also have their own streaming services.

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Amazon stopped selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices in 2015, a year after it launched Fire TV. Amazon's high-end Echo Show has a screen that can display video.

Google began blocking YouTube access for Echo Show users this week, and is informing Amazon Fire TV users that the service won't be available on their devices after the first of next year. Although that doesn't explain why Amazon has also pulled those Nest products. You get voice searches through Google's Assistant - playback controls with some apps, weather info and some data you might never think to ask a TV, such as flight status. Nest being a sister company to Google that makes various net-connected gizmos.

Amazon's own streaming device, Fire TV ($70), competes directly with the pricier Apple TV ($149). Google is threatening to pull YouTube from Fire TV by January 1, the latest round in a fierce battle between the two tech heavyweights.

In fact, people who are committed to the Amazon ecosystem pretty much won't be able to watch anything at all on YouTube - at least for the time being. Now they are not available direct from Amazon, although earlier this year the company did briefly list the latest version of the device for sale on its USA site (but it has since been removed).

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