Frustrated with Google, Amazon may be making a YouTube competitor

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The two companies have been trading blows recently with the spat coming to a head this month when Google signalled it would pull support for YouTube on Amazon devices like the Echo Show or Amazon's Fire TV stick - products that are just arriving in Australia.

The TV Answer Man has asked Amazon's press office for a comment and will report back here if we receive one. If my Legalese-to-English dictionary is up-to-date, that description identifies AmazonTube as an on-demand streaming video hub - which is exactly what YouTube is.

"Google is setting a disappointing precedent by selectively blocking customer access to an open website", Amazon said in a statement. Google is also upset that Amazon will not permit its Amazon Video service to be offered on Chromecast.

In the filings, both services appear to be quite similar to YouTube, with Amazon writing, that each would deliver "non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks on a variety of topics".

In short, it looks like Amazon intends to at least test out a competitor to YouTube.

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It's a dicey move, but it seems that a lot of pieces are in motion including Amazon registering AlexaOpenTube.com, AmazonAlexaTube.com, and AmazonOpenTube.com. But whether or not the company opts to go directly head to head with YouTube, the suggested names do feel like Amazon's rattling the cage a bit and setting itself up for a likely legal challenge from Google over a name that hedges a bit too close to its insanely popular video platform.

YouTube has a massive community of users, and that's a good thing.

Google and Amazon seem to have a hard time getting along, and recent trademark registrations hint that things could get even more heated.

Amazon has requested to trademark the names "Amazontube" and "Opentube".

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