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Amazon to Launch Streaming Service to Rival YouTube

Streaming ServiceAmazon is planning to compete with YouTube by offering a similar service or platform.

The online retail giant has filed trademark papers with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for “AmazonTube” on December 5.

(Read: Amazon May Be Planning a YouTube Rival)

Separate Petition

TV Answer Man, on the other hand, reported that a second trademark petition was filed by Amazon for “OpenTube.

(Read: Will Amazon Launch a YouTube Competitor?)

In the trademark papers, Amazon described “AmazonTube” and “OpenTube” as “non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks.”

Legal Obstacle

TV Answer Man said the brand “AmazonTube” might face a legal problem, but he believes that Amazon can easily modify the name.

The filing of the trademark papers comes as Amazon and Google are locked in a fight that has prompted the online retailer to remove the YouTube app from its streaming services on New Year’s Day.

(Read: Google Is Pulling YouTube off the Fire TV and Echo Show as Feud With Amazon Grows)

Mashable said the trademark requests do not necessarily mean that Amazon is planning to launch a service that will compete with YouTube, the move “does suggest that the company may be, at the very least, considering doing so.”

No Surprise

The site also said it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Amazon does put up a service to rival YouTube as the retail giant and Google have been industry rivals for the longest time.

In fact, Amazon stopped selling Chromecast and Apple TV on its site two years ago “to avoid customer confusion” but decided recently to sell the devices again.

Chromecast and Apple TV are not yet listed on Amazon’s site despite the announcement.

What’s Next?

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