Wednesday, September 27, 2017

YouTube Drops Echo Show, Amazon Adds Apple TV

Tim Hardwick:

Google pulled access to YouTube through Amazon’s display-based Echo Show smart speaker on Tuesday, a move that appears to have angered Amazon and led to conflicting public statements by both companies over the sudden move.

Joe Rossignol:

Nearly two years after Amazon stopped selling the Apple TV, a listing for the Apple TV 4K has been spotted on the website by 9to5Mac.

The Apple TV 4K is currently listed as out of stock, but the fact that it has been added back is fueling speculation that Amazon may be prepared to launch its Prime Video app on the tvOS App Store imminently.

When I checked just now, the Apple TV 4K was not available from Amazon.

Previously: Amazon Prime Video Coming to Apple TV.

Update (2017-09-28): See also: Hacker News.

Update (2017-09-29): Casey Newton (via John Gruber):

Google won’t tell Amazon why it blocked access to YouTube on its Echo Show device, Amazon’s senior vice president of devices and services said. Speaking to reporters at Amazon’s headquarters today, longtime Amazon exec Dave Limp said he would “send a team to Mountain View” tonight if Google would just specify what went wrong.

Update (2017-11-27): Tim Hardwick:

Google has seen fit to return YouTube to Amazon’s display-based Echo Show smart speaker, two months after the video service was pulled from the device.

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