Amazon has recently filled two patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office for something “Amazontube,” and “Opentube”. While these could easily mean anything, there’s a good chance that these are names for an upcoming video streaming service from Amazon. The fillings describe both as the providers of “non-downloadable pre-recorded audio, visual and audiovisual works via wireless networks”. The filing also says that “the services would enable users to share content, photos videos, text, data, images and other electronic works which in theory, is almost identical to YouTube.
This filling came to light just after Google took out YouTube app from Echo devices with plans to remove the app from Amazon Fire Stick as well starting January 1. This might have been the reason why Amazon decided to develop their own streaming service. Another website spotted that the company has been registering domain names including AlexaOpenTube.com, AmazonAlexaTube.com, and AmazonOpenTube.com which might be the initial name for the service.
We aren’t sure if this service will even launch in the future considering Amazon already has Prime Video for subscription-based VoD. They might even try to expand Prime Video in the future with more features and support for users to upload and share videos.
It will be interesting to see how Google responds to a similar service by Amazon. There are chances that Google might move to court for copyright infringement. There’s also a chance of Google suing Amazon for the use to “Tube” in the name. Well whatever it might be, we are sure it will help customers with more options to choose from and will give a little competition to Google.