The Google-Amazon Spat is Getting Ugly

Mary Pulido               CBS News

Mary Pulido CBS News

The news came a day after Alphabet Inc's Google said it would block its YouTube video streaming application from two of Amazon's devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.

Apple TV owners on Reddit are reporting the same issue with surround sound with others explaining the problem is not happening through the Prime Video app on other devices like game consoles, and specifically the Sony Playstation 4.

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The Prime Video app for the Apple TV supports numerous Apple TV features, this included Siri and the TV app, this allows you to search for videos on Prime from the main TV interface. Amazon even released an app for the third-generation Apple TV, which was discontinued previous year. As of today, Apple TV (2015)and Apple TV 4K can access Amazon Video at long last. On those devices, Google's YouTube and Play services often get prominent billing in search results, but at least you can get Amazon video. (With Fire TV and Apple TV, you can pair wireless headphones).

Google is blocking YouTube from Amazon devices such as Fire TV and Echo Show. Google is miffed by the fact that it is losing ad revenue from Fire TV which was the best selling streaming device in USA and India.

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All of which means that Amazon and Google can safely invest in the Apple ecosystem, without fear that they're creating an existential threat.

Like Apple and iTunes, if you want to see a recent blockbuster film such as Wonder Woman or an episode of The Walking Dead, you'll have to pay extra for it. One of the more popular streaming delivery systems is Apple TV. Apple TV and Apple TV 4K are still not available on Amazon's retail channels, but it's not clear whether that's because it wasn't part of the negotiations or just hasn't happened yet. The conflict further heated up two weeks ago when Amazon found a roundabout way for their consumers to still access the video portal, redirecting them to the web version of it instead of using an app. For streaming and downloading, the TV 4K has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection, and there's also Bluetooth 5 for connection to the Siri remote. "The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?"

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How many subscriptions do you have to watch content on your television? Most of the companies making these devices also have their own streaming services. Now, Apple TV app users can watch Amazon Prime video shows like "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", and movies such as "The Big Sick".

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