If you were thinking about buying an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Echo Show for Christmas, you may want to hold off for a bit.
Yesterday, Google announced it would be pulling YouTube support from Amazon Fire TV products and the Echo Show—the latest move in an escalating battle between the two companies. Google has also refused to roll out Amazon device compatibility for its TV streaming service, YouTube TV.
According to Variety, a Google spokesperson blamed Amazon for this step, saying that Amazon has not been cooperative in selling Google products like Chromecast, Google Home, and select Nest devices. Therefore, retaliation was to be expected. But Amazon fired back, saying, “Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website.”
If there’s one thing we can take away from this, it’s that the dispute between the two tech giants is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, so customers planning to buy an Amazon TV device for the holidays may want to reconsider their options.
In related news, this morning Gizmodo reported the Amazon Prime Video app is now officially available on all Apple TV devices. So if you were thinking about buying a Fire TV device in order to get Amazon Video, you may want to consider getting an Apple TV instead. Sure, it’s a little more expensive, but at least it offers YouTube.