Amazon may be considering a video streaming service to compete with YouTube

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Google may be using YouTube access as both the carrot and stick in its standoff with Amazon, but the retail behemoth may bypass it altogether and launch its own video platform.

The request details the proposed product as a "Software and a mobile software application for transmitting, accessing, receiving, uploading, downloading, encoding, decoding and streaming" among other things, which sounds an terrible lot like a YouTube clone.

In the midst of all this, on December 5 Amazon filed to get trademarks for two rather telling items, "AmazonTube" and "OpenTube". News of this Amazon venture comes courtesy of TV Answer Man, which discovered trademark requests for AmazonTube and OpenTube. The service is also described as providing "network services that enable users to share content, photos, videos, text, data, images and other electronic works relating to entertainment..."

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

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So it appears Amazon was a little more angry about YouTube getting pulled from the Amazon Echo Show than it initially seemed. That includes AlexaOpenTube.com, AmazonOpenTube.com, and AmazonAlexaTube.com. Google had announced that it was removing its app from the Echo and from Fire TV.

Google hit back by essentially saying Amazon started it, pointing out that it refuses to sell Google's Chromecast product in its online store after dropping it two years ago. It seems as though the two companies are willing to talk things through before YouTube is completely removed from Amazon's devices.

YouTube TV is Google's most recent venture into the world of over-the-top streaming video, where it competes against services such as Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and Hulu. Amazon filed for trademarks on "Amazon Tube" and "Open Tube" the same day Google delivered their warning.

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