Amazon filed a patent for a YouTube-like competitor

22 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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This does not necessarily suspend the problem regarding accessibility for Amazon Fire TV users. According to a report by Engadget, Amazon's Marc Whitten in a statement said, "With full web browsers on Fire TV, our customers' entertainment and information options are greatly expanded".

For some time now we have heard that Amazon is reportedly ramping up its digital video ad play in an effort to attract content produces from YouTube to Amazon.

Amazon has a long ways to go as Google's YouTube has almost four times as many monthly active users as Amazon. Stay tuned to Sid Tech for more tech updates.

With Firefox, Fire TV users can simply load the YouTube site just as they would do on their PC and watch videos as usual, without requiring to download the app as well.




Google pulled its video-sharing platform, YouTube, from Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV devices earlier in December. However, the final build was made available for select users in November this year. Going by the company's intention of buying domain names, it appears that Amazon is desperate to compete with YouTube with its own video streaming service. Amazon may also be trying to ensure that if Google pulls the YouTube app from other Amazon devices that they have a backup plan to keep customers happy.

Mozilla though refused to be drawn into the Google vs. Amazon battle and isn't positioning its Firefox for Fire TV move as a means of bypassing Google's plan to cut off access to YouTube from January 1. Select the preferred browser from the search results. Then select "Firefox for Fire TV" from the list of results and click on "Get" to install it. Therefore, whenever any news regarding their apparent jab against each other shows up online, not many are left as being surprised.

Amazon brings the long-awaited web browsing feature on Fire TV. "Starting today, we will be able to expand the already great Fire TV experience by enabling viewers to surface a multitude of web content - including videos - through Firefox".

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