An anonymous reader shares a report:Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon's Echo Show device -- the first skirmish in what is apparently an ongoing war. Shortly after, Amazon stopped selling the Nest E Thermostat, Nest's Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system. Two weeks ago, Amazon got YouTube back on the Echo Show by simply directing users to the web version, a workaround that left a lot to be desired. But even that version won't be available after today.
In a statement, Google said it has been trying to reach an agreement with Amazon to provide customers with access to each other's products and services. But, Google said, 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. "Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and FireTV. We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon."
It's a kick to the nuts for me, since I use YouTube on FireTV for a lot of my entertainment.
In turn, it's a kick to the nuts for Amazon and all FireTV users, and timed to happen right at holiday buying season.
The upside of cord cutting is getting around the cable / broadcast TV monopolistic pricing power.
The downside of cord cutting is dealing with the 3D matrix of which content is available on which app which is available on which device.
This squabble shows how corporate self-interest might in the end drive people back towards dealing with Big Cable.
As for me, I'm no where close to going back to Big Cable any time soon, but oddly, I can see why I might want to do that in the future.
I don't think the squabble will be resolved by 1/1/2008 which is when the app will stop working on FireTV, so I think I need a new device.
My thoughts are either
(a) Try AppleTV: Apple seems to be too valued to be vulnerable to this kind of thing, and has both Google and Amazon content on-board
(b) Roku: Cheaper, not as engaged in the corporate struggles, needs to "play nice" to get content on-board, but vulnerable.
(c) TiVo DVR: I have an ancient unit and replacing it would get the apps I want as well as not taking up a HDMI port for yet another widget.
(d) Chromecast: Since having a good YouTube experience is important to me, I might as well just get the Google branded device?
I really don't want to do (d) since it will be rewarding Google for this kind of bad behavior.
I've tried to be part of the Apple ecosystem many times, and always have walked away disappointed, so (a) is dubious.
As above (b) is cheap and works well but also vulnerable to any/all apps getting yanked whenever their owners decide to do so. It's also not a very appealing visual experience.
And (c) might be the best choice, but by far costs the most, and the goal of all of this is to reduce cost.