Amazon announces plans to sell Apple TV and Chromecast again

Joanna Estrada
December 17, 2017

Amazon.com will start selling Google Chromecast and Apple TV, which compete against its Fire TV, on its online store, an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.

Updated. It looks like a multi-year dispute between Amazon and Google may be coming to a conclusion: Amazon started to list Google's Chromecast streaming adapter on its site again this week, two years after banning the device from its store.

Right now, there are product listings for two Chromecasts and three Apple TVs: the 32GB and 64GB versions of the Apple TV 4K, as well as the regular 4th-generation Apple TV, the Google Chromecast, and Google Chromecast Ultra.

At Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June, CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple TV would support the Amazon Prime Video app before the end of the year. Hopefully, those will be available for sale (and Prime shipping!) in the near future. Fire TV owners may not lose access, though, if "productive discussions" between the two companies result in a favorable outcome.

Besides the Cast line of streamers today, the Apple TV is also returning to Amazon. Amazon is pushing deeper into Google's turf of online advertising and Google is moving into Amazon's territory of e-commerce and smart speakers, which seems to be causing tensions between the two companies.

Both of these products were pulled from Amazon's shopping place in late 2015, in which the company stated the lack of Amazon Prime support as its primary reason to "avoid customer confusion".

All variants of devices from both the companies are still now unavailable, but listings have been created by Amazon, which intends to go live with them shortly.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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