Amazon backs down in Google streaming spat

CALIFORNIA:- Amazon has started selling Google’s Chromecast devices two years after it originally removed them from its store. Amazon said it removed them to end customer confusion about which services were available on which device. Analysts said it was because they let people watch services that competed with Amazon’s Prime Video. Google retaliated by blocking access to YouTube on some Amazon gadgets and threatening further restrictions. In September, Google stopped YouTube playing on the Amazon Echo Show.

It said it took the step because the way Amazon got the video-sharing service working on the device was “broken”. It also threatened to stop Amazon Fire TV sticks getting access to YouTube from January 2018.

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