Amazon may be working on YouTube competitor

It appears that Amazon may be considering a free video streaming service to compete with YouTube. The e-commerce giant recently filed two trademarks for 'AmazonTube' and 'OpenTube' with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.

In the filing, Amazon's service seems to be similar to Google's YouTube. According to the description, AmazonTube or OpenTube would deliver “non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks on a variety of topics of general interest”. In addition, users will also be able to share content, photos, videos, text, data, images, other electronic works,  gaming, dance, fashion, and tech.

Earlier this month, Domain Name Wire noted discovered that Amazon has been regsitering doman names like, and  This moves indicates that Amazon maybe planning to open a new video platform to rival Google's YouTube. If Amazon decides to do so, it may take months before the free video streaming service is live.

The latest development comes after Google and Amazon's fallout in recent months. Back in September Google pulled its YouTube app from Amazon's touch-screen smart speaker — Echo Show. However, YouTube reappeared on Amazon Show in November with an overhauled UI that more closely resembled web version of YouTube. 

Google wasn't happy, and earlier this month pulled the plug entirely on Echo Show. It also said that YouTube will be removed from Fire TV on January 1. The drama started because Amazon refused to sell Google products like Chromecast, Google Home and Nest device, and lack of Prime Video support for Google cast. However, Amazon has resumed selling Chromecasts, and both Amazon and Google are in productive talks about keeping YouTube access on the Fire TV.


Kailash Sudhakar
An engineering undergrad student who loves all things tech. He has a soft spot for Android.
Amazon may be working on YouTube competitor Amazon may be working on YouTube competitor Reviewed by Unknown on 12/21/2017 03:19:00 PM
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