Thursday, 14 December, 2017

The Google-Amazon Spat is Getting Ugly

Mary Pulido               CBS News Mary Pulido CBS News
Devin Neal | 08 December, 2017, 01:31

Prime Video has been available for some time on iPhones and iPads, however it had never been available on any of Apple's streaming TV boxes.

- Universal Search now supported - search for Prime videos using iOS search (US, CA, AU, NO, & SE only).

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on whether Apple TV will return to Amazon's online store now that it supports Amazon Prime. It wasn't until relatively recently at WWDC 2017 when Apple and Amazon belatedly said they had reached an agreement to develop a dedicated tvOS app for the Apple TV.

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. But it's certainly not helping Amazon or its consumers for the company to limit its selection - particularly cutting out such popular competing products as Apple TV - without real justification.

The more common Dolby 5.1, found alongside most video formats, is now preferred for most video streaming.

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For those willing to abandon Fire TV, just about any other device will play YouTube. For now, it's a bit hard to find in traditional Apple TV search.

When Amazon stopped selling Apple TV and Chromecast on its site two years ago, the company gave the thin excuse that it was "important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion".

Ostensibly, Google and Amazon run different types of businesses. Offering access to thousands of the latest movies and TV programmes, you can stream content on demand or, find Prime offers to enable you to buy and keep your favourite shows.

Google also takes 30% of sales made through its app platform, although with less strict controls than Apple, particularly in terms of directing people to other places they can sign up. Most of the tech companies that manufacture these devices provide their own streaming services, which had intensified the competition. Now they are not available direct from Amazon, although earlier this year the company did briefly list the latest version of the device for sale on its United States site (but it has since been removed). Unless a truce is reached, YouTube will stop working on Fire TV on January 1. "Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website".

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