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Amazon, Disney Lock Horns over Fire TV ads: Report

Google doesn''t let Roku sell any of its ad inventory, which was one of the reasons that YouTube was absent from Roku devices for years, the Variety report added

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A delivery person pushes a cart full of Amazon boxes in New York City, U.S., Feb. 14, 2019. VOA

Amazon and Disney have locked horns over Fire TV advertisement sales that could delay the addition of the latter’s upcoming streaming service to Amazons Fire TV devices.

Disney is said to be resisting and the two companies are at an impasse. Disney apps could be removed from Fire TV devices if they can’t reach an agreement, CNET reported on Thursday quoting The Wall Street Journal.

However, this would not directly impact Disney Plus which is slated to launch without advertising on November 12.

The dispute could delay the launch of the service on Amazon Fire TV.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

Amazon has been demanding to sell a percentage of the inventory of ad-supported apps on its Fire TV platform. The company is now asking publishers to sell as much as 40 per cent of the ads running within their apps. Disney has reportedly resisted this push, according to a report in Variety.

Disagreement over ads on streaming platforms is not new.

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Roku for years pushed publishers to let the company sell a share of their ad inventory. These demands have at times been met with resistance as well.

Google doesn’t let Roku sell any of its ad inventory, which was one of the reasons that YouTube was absent from Roku devices for years, the Variety report added. (IANS)

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Amazon Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Launched in India: Report

Users can also view, hear, and delete your voice recordings at Alexa Privacy Settings or in the Alexa app at any time

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Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59 per cent share in 2018. (Representational image). Pixabay

Amazon India on Wednesday launched Echo Input Portable, its portable voice-controlled smart speaker with a big 4,800 mAh rechargeable battery, in the country for Rs 4,999.

Echo Input Portable is available for pre-order on Amazon India with a black fabric design.

According to the company, the smart speaker is designed to be carried around your home and the battery delivers 10 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.

“Customers in India love Alexa, and told us that they wanted a hands-free experience that could move from room-to-room. This was the inspiration behind Echo Input Portable, and we cannot wait to see how our Indian customers enjoy the flexibility of this portable smart speaker in their homes,” Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices India, told reporters here.

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The application processes questions from a human voice and provides recommendations on the precise sizing of medical devices. Pixabay

The Echo Input Portable comes with 360-degree audio and thus, lets users access Alexa from anywhere in the room using the same far-field voice recognition.

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The device is built with multiple layers of privacy controls, including a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones.

Users can also view, hear, and delete your voice recordings at Alexa Privacy Settings or in the Alexa app at any time. (IANS)