Jul 9, 2019

Amazon and Google deliver on TV peace deal

Amazon and Google have drawn a line under a long-running dispute by providing their on-demand video services to each others' TV platforms. The dispute started when Amazon refused to sell Google's Chromecast products on its online store. Today's press releases make no mention of YouTube being returned to the Echo Show, nor do they mention Amazon Prime coming to Google's rival Nest Hub smart displays. Amazon hasn't said how many users its Prime Video service has, but it's available to all of its Prime members, of which there are now more than 100 million. The lack of a YouTube app on Amazon's TV platform - FireTV - was a significant handicap for Amazon, and I imagine Google wasn't too thrilled about missing out on reaching the 30 million-or-so FireTV users either.

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