Fire TV users will be disappointed to learn that Google has pulled YouTube four days earlier than expected.
Google initially stated that the app would be removed on January 1, citing Amazon’s unwillingness to support Prime Video on Chromecast or sell Google products(Chromecast and Google Home) on Amazon.
A Google spokesperson later responded, stating the following: “We’ve been trying to reach agreement with Amazon to give consumers access to each other’s products and services, but 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.”
If these most recent events are an indicator, it doesn’t look like they’re going to be reaching that agreement anytime soon.
Amazon responded by encouraging FireTV users to use Firefox or the Silk browser to access YouTube, rather than the app.