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Google Just Broke Amazon's Workaround For YouTube On Fire TV ( 264

Google has cracked down on Fire TV users once again. Today, the technology company blocked Silk and Firefox browsers from displaying the interface usually shown on large screens. Cord Cutters News reports: Now if you try to access on a Fire TV through the Firefox or Silk browser you will be redirected to the desktop version of the site. According to Elias Saba from AFTVnews, "By blocking access to the version of YouTube made for television browsers, Google has deliberately made browsing their website an unusable experience on Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions." This fight over YouTube and Amazon has been going on for some time. The standoff heated up in early December as Google announced plans to pull the YouTube app from the Fire TV on January 1st 2018. Amazon responded by adding a browser to allow access to the web version on the Fire TV. Now Google has countered by blocking the Fire TV's browsers from accessing the made-for-TV edition of Back on December 15th, The Verge reported that Google and Amazon are in talks to keep YouTube on the Fire TV, but as of today it looks like nothing has come from these talks.
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Google Just Broke Amazon's Workaround For YouTube On Fire TV

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  • access restored (Score:5, Informative)

    by jarkus4 ( 1627895 ) on Tuesday January 23, 2018 @03:25AM (#55983845)

    apparently access to tv version was already restored: []

    IMO it looks like a public trial of the blocking system to intimidate amazon in their talks.

  • TV? checks his calendar It's 2018 right ?
  • by should_be_linear ( 779431 ) on Tuesday January 23, 2018 @05:16AM (#55984125)
    US corporations and laws are going wild-west version of capitalism obviously. Hopefully EU will explain Google this is not way to go. If they can go away with this, things will only get worse.
  • Hey Google, I think you picked up the wrong playbook. Give it back. Or better yet: burn it, and burn Bezos's copy too if you get a chance.

  • I thought Google was in favor of net neutrality. What is it to them how people access their public web browser interfaces?

    Are they liars?

  • They work about as well together as the Dems & Republicans in Congress. Granted, Google and Amazon are in business to make money for the shareholders and they do have competing interests so conflict can be expected. Come to think of it, just like Congress.

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