Google and Amazon have been feuding for the last few months and sadly it is the users who have been the losers. It all started three months ago when YouTube yanked its programming from the Echo Show which then led to Amazon stopping sales of the Nest E Thermostat, Nest Secure alarm, and the Nest Camera IQ. Basically they are acting like kids at our expense.
YouTube confirmed earlier this month that it would pull support for the Echo Show immediately and for the Fire TV starting January 1st, 2018. Well, it looks like YouTube has been deactivated on the Fire TV early.
Reports suggest that YouTube has been turned off on Amazon Fire TV devices four days ahead of schedule. Amazon is now redirecting users looking for YouTube to its Silk browser or Firefox because Mozilla recently released Firefox for Fire TV devices. We don’t know at this point if it’s Google or Amazon who yanked the app. Either way it stinks for users. No comment from either party yet.
We hope that Google and Amazon will be able to sort this out so that users can just use the YouTube app without worry. Amazon meantime is reportedly thinking about launching its own YouTube rival. Things could get interesting.