Amazon to Resume Selling Apple TV and Chromecast

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Amazon has decided to once again sell the Apple TV and Google Chromecast in its online store, reports CNET. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the company is officially offering the two products as of today.

    "I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast," CNET was told.


    There are new product pages for the 32GB fourth-generation Apple TV, the 32GB Apple TV 4K, and the 64GB Apple TV 4K. There are also two listings for the Chromecast and the Chromecast Ultra.

    All of the products are listed as "Currently unavailable" right now, but that is likely to change soon after the listings are completed and propagated to Amazon's site.

    Amazon first stopped selling the Apple TV and the Google Chromecast in its online store in 2015, claiming the reason for the removal was incompatibility with the Amazon Prime Video streaming service.
    Since then, the Apple TV has been unavailable on Amazon's site, but Amazon's original reason for not selling the Apple TV was invalidated with the launch of the Amazon Prime Video app for Apple TV.

    Amazon last week introduced a long-awaited Amazon Prime Video app for the Apple TV. The new app is available on third, fourth, and fifth-generation devices.

    The return of the Chromecast to the Amazon site comes after Google once again removed YouTube from the Amazon Echo Show and the Fire TV. Google said Amazon's refusal to carry the Chromecast and Google Home and its refusal to make Prime Video available for Google Cast was a key reason that it stopped supporting YouTube on Amazon's products.

    Article Link: Amazon to Resume Selling Apple TV and Chromecast
  2. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    hmm. Maybe because they now have an app on those platforms. They didn't want Apple and Google to get all that money while they took their sweet time developing their app.
  3. grassfeeder macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009
    the fact that its not available on the OG AppleTV is ridiculous.
  4. Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
    they realize it’s no-real competition there’s no harm in putting them alongside the amazon website
  5. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I’m glad to see these two getting along now.
  6. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    Will this be enough to reverse Google’s descision to pull YouTube from FireTV boxes I wonder? Funny how they’re playing chicken.. Amazon selling a lot of FireTV boxes around Xmas only to have YouTube disappear on 1st January and a bunch of people get angry is.. Funny but annoying.
  7. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Realized how stupid they looked supporting net neutrality in public yet was blocking the competition.
  8. fendersrule macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2008
    Interesting that this happened on the same day that net neutrality was lifted. Hrmmmmmm
  9. kemal macrumors 65816


    Dec 21, 2001
    Just so Amazon customers can do some comparison shopping right before they buy a Fire TV.
  10. adbe macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008

    OG? That device is over a decade old.
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    I'm sure it will. The ATV backdown is weird, but once they started supporting the ATV, they were pretty much obliged to sell the things, at which point singling out Google's ChromeCast both looks indefensibly anti-competive, and also makes it harder to sell the idea that this is all Google's fault.
  11. Norbs12 macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2015
    Mountain View, CA
    It's kind of sad that Amazon is just an all inclusive market place even with competitors. They are pushing their store brand a bit too much.
  12. joesegh macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    Maybe they'll add support for Chromecast on Prime Video one of these years.
  13. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    I’ve been wondering for a while if google have been purposely crippling the fireTV YouTube app as well, even before threatening to pull the plug.. I have the OG firetv box and everything works perfectly fine on it other than YouTube, which becomes a clunky chugging mess after a while forcing you to reboot the box to get some performance back. Hmm.
  14. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
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  15. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I don't think they were taking their sweet time developing their app. They were taking their sweet time solidifying their ecosystem.
  16. redneckitengineer macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2017
    Holding up their end of the bargain I see, lol
  17. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    It's great to have this app on the Apple TV. I know it is available on the Apple TV 3 but now I feel like I have an even better excuse to upgrade it.
  18. djeeyore25 macrumors 6502


    Dec 23, 2014
    New York City
    Great. Now put YouTube back on the Echo Show.
  19. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2008
    I think that would require them to actually make a YouTube app available for the Fire. Since Fire is AOSP, it literally is as simple as allowing Amazon to add the apk to their App Store... that’s what Google’s beef really is. Amazon has their own “” app, which uses an old api and can block out ads, so Google is losing cash.
  20. RealityM macrumors member


    Jun 27, 2012
    Definitely a step towards Retail Neutrality....
  21. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Since Amazon and Apple are playing friendly now, with Prime Video in App Store, Amazon is now free again to sell AppleTV..

    Like happy endings :D
  22. and 1989 others macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2016
    Good. I’ve got prime. A chrome cast and Apple TV. They are all great tools independently and serve their own purposes.
  23. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Not exactly surprising... despite all my other gadgets and Sky box, I still use my lil first gen Fire TV I got for my birthday once, it’s one of my all time favourite gadgets :) proves to me their is a place for these small streaming boxes despite what people say. Although I think Apple has overpriced the 4K model.

    It’s just a shame this is off the back of the news of Disney becoming a massive global monopoly now :(
  24. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Amazon still doesn't support Prime streaming to the Chromecast. But they lost Youtube on the Echo Show and soon the Fire TV, so that forced them into adding the Chromecast back. It will be interesting to see if Google forces them to support Chromecast before they add Youtube back.

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