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So, for now, Amazon’s Echo Show and its Fire TV can only access YouTube via its existing website, not through the app.

“Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website,” said Amazon said in a statement. “We hope to resolve this with Google as soon as possible.”

Amazon users have been greeted with a message letting them know they won’t be able to access YouTube on their devices, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

While both companies have said they hope to come to an agreement as soon as possible, customers are the ones losing, according to Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

“This is a huge consumer issue, and I believe demonstrates the problem with such concentration of power with Google and Amazon,” said Moorhead. “The problem here is simple. Consumers bought Amazon devices with the belief they could watch YouTube, but they can’t.”

Amazon controls 70 percent of the voice-activated speaker sector, according to a report from eMarketer.


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