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It’s a sad day for anyone who enjoys watching cooking videos, daily vlogs, or haul videos on YouTube on Amazon’s Echo Show.
According to a report from The Verge, YouTube is no longer available on Amazon’s smart home, touchscreen-toting speaker (or as we like to call such devices, computer). Now, if you ask Alexa to play a video from YouTube, you’ll receive a message saying, “Currently, Google is not supporting YouTube on Echo Show.”
The reason for the sudden block is somewhat of a mystery.
Amazon claimed in a statement that “Google has chosen to no longer make YouTube available on Echo Show, without explanation and without notification to customers.” However, Google claimed in its own statement that YouTube on the Echo Show violates its “terms of service” and creates a “broken user experience.”
Amazon also noted that there was no technical reason for the decision, which implies that YouTube was working as the company expects it would on its Echo Show device.
Google hasn’t denied this, and it’s odd that Google would remove YouTube support on the Echo Show after it had been working on Amazon’s device for a while already.
It appears Amazon and Google are in talks to fix the access situation, but there’s no word on when the Echo Show will play YouTube videos again.
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