Google blocks YouTube access from Amazon's streaming devices

Mary Pulido               CBS News

Netflix, HULU and more have been available to stream on Apple TV, but up until recently, Amazon Prime Video was missing in action. All you have to do is head over to the App Store on any Apple TV and then log in with your Amazon credentials.

The dispute between Amazon and Google mirrors the face-offs that occasionally crop up between pay-TV providers and TV networks when it comes time to re-negotiate their deals.

Amazon Prime Video App can be used on Apple TV's third, fourth, and fifth generations.

Both Amazon Prime Video and YouTube are available on Roku, a streaming stick not manufactured by tech industry behemoths. The former uses search and other web services to sell ads, while the latter is an online retailer of goods and services.

Amazon retorted that Google is setting a "disappointing precedent" by imposing a no-go zone around what's otherwise "an open website" on every device in the universe that doesn't carry the Amazon brand. 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. From there, you can either watch programs through a Prime subscription ($100 per year for all Prime benefits, or $9 per month for Video only), and buy or rent individual shows and movies à la carte (prices vary).


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. After being pulled from the No. 1 e-commerce site in 2015, the Apple TV box reappeared on the retail website in September, only to vanish again.

Now everyone can take a deep breath and relax: Amazon Prime Video is only a button click away on your Apple TV device.

Apple's selling point is that the unit is part of the Apple ecosystem, and therefore connects to your photos and videos from your iPhone and can play media from your Mac computer as well.

Apple's Eddy Cue added: "Amazon Prime Video is one of the most eagerly anticipated apps to come to Apple TV, so we're excited to bring all of that great content to customers". They said that Google has been in talks with Amazon to ensure that both of its customers get access to each of their services irrespective of their platform. Both have also been pushing their own video and music-streaming services as well as competing video-control platforms.

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