I'm sorry - is amazon prime video available on my chromecast now and I've missed it?
These guys are bloody hypocrites.
(edit: meant to say 'prime video' on chromecast, previously it just said prime)
It used to be (well, Amazon Prime itself not, but they were working on it, and the Netflix app on Kindles did support it), until Google started constantly changing the (proprietary) protocol to prevent anyone else from implementing it.
Currently, the only way to stream to Chromecast is with Google’s proprietary library, which they only license under the Android OEM terms (meaning you have to ship ALL Google apps, set them as defaults, and can’t run your own App Store).
This has also completely killed all open source projects that tried to support the Chromecast protocol.
At some point the cast extension became a part of the browser. It also stopped working with chromium around the same time. However, it started working again a while later. My chromium on ubuntu can use the cast button. I wonder if it's falling back to chrome's proprietary bits (as in flash, widevine etc.) or if it's actually in chromium. The cast button in the browser is not the same as native chromecast support, but it's something.
Amazon currently has about 1/3 of econmerce in the US and a much smaller share of overall retail.
Google should take the high road and keep YouTube available as broadly as possible. YouTube shouldn’t care about Nest product availability.
This would be similar to CBS blocking Wal-Mart mentioned in shoes because they wouldn’t sell Westibghouse TVs.
The reprisals aren’t similar.
The scary bit is that it reenforces that Google doesn’t view the internet as open. Could you imagine YouTube blocking the Opera Browser? They shouldn’t try to bundle services unnaturally.
So I'm throwing my bet towards Roku since it's the only device that can survive a pissing match between all the tech companies.
Nest products have had a lot of public criticism, and I suspect amazons internal numbers might show high return rates and high levels of user fraud.
It could also be that amazon wanted a higher margin on the devices than Google was happy to give.