Amazon May be Planning to Launch YouTube Rival

In the midst of Google’s YouTube blockade on the Echo Show, Amazon could be mulling its own video platform.

Google announced it was removing its app from the e-retail giant’s touchscreen-packing Echo earlier this month, with plans to extend the ban to the Fire TV on January 1. That same day, Amazon filed two trademarks requests with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for something dubbed “Amazontube,” and another called “Opentube,” as spotted by TV Answer Man.

Beyond their names, the two have more than a passing resemblance to Google’s video powerhouse. In its filings, Amazon describes Amazontube or Opentube as providers of “non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks.”

It adds that the services would “enable users to share content, photos videos, text, data, images and other electronic works,” and goes on to list topics, ranging from gaming to dance, fashion and tech. It all sounds like a video streaming service that relies on user uploads, much like YouTube. The name could land it in legal trouble with Google, according to TV Answer Man, but that can easily be tweaked if it ever sees the light of day.

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SOURCE: Engadget, Saqib Shah