It's another shot fired in a showdown between Amazon and Google.
On Thursday, four days ahead of a deadline imposed by Google, its YouTube app has apparently been deactivated on Amazon'sdevices. People who want to use Fire TV to look at YouTube are being directed instead to a , including Amazon's own Silk.
It's not clear which company pulled the trigger.
"All I can confirm," an Amazon spokesman said in an email, "is that YouTube and millions of other websites are accessible by using a web browser like Firefox or Silk on Fire TV."
Google didn't respond to a request for comment.
Competition between the two tech giants has been amping up. Google, for instance, is making a push into the market for smart speakers thatwith its Echo devices. Amazon has been pushing deeper into Google's turf of online advertising. Both have diverse ambitions extending well beyond the technologies on which they rose to fame and fortune, with Google the world's foremost search engine and Amazon the world's largest online retailer.
Earlier this month, Google's YouTube division said it wouldstreaming device as of Jan. 1. That would be retaliation for Amazon's failure to carry Google products such as the Chromecast streaming device and the Google Home speaker.
At that time, it also cut off access, for a second time, to YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show device.
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