Apple TV and Chromecast are back on Amazon again
Amazon, Google, and Apple are playing nice again.
After a two-year hiatus, Amazon is playing nice and adding the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast back on its online store, according to CNET.
The only kicker, for now, is that you can’t order any of these just yet. “I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast,” an Amazon spokeswoman told CNET. They didn’t really offer any more information other than that. However, the company also confirmed to The Verge that it plans on opening orders up soon.
Currently, there are product listing pages for five different Chromecast and Apple TV devices which include Apple TV and two versions of the latest Apple TV 4K, along with Google’s Chromecast and Google Chromecast Ultra.
The Verge writes:
Both the Apple TV and Chromecast were pulled from Amazon in late 2015. The company’s justification for the move was that consumers would be confused and frustrated if they purchased streaming devices that didn’t offer a direct, convenient way to view Amazon Prime Video content.
Basically, Amazon said if folks can’t watch Amazon Prime Video content on a Chromecast or an Apple TV, then they can’t buy it from Amazon. Just earlier this month, Amazon’s Prime Video app was finally made available to the Apple TV.
As a consumer, this isn’t really much of a big deal. But from a business standpoint, letting Apple and Google sell their streaming devices on Amazon’s giant platform is huge.