Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast

Joanna Estrada
December 18, 2017

None are available for sale yet. Amazon also said it would begin selling both Apple TV models, the 2015 model as well as the recent 4K version.

Listings for Google's Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra, as well as Apple TV and Apple TV 4K are now showing up.

We've asked Google if it will now revise its decision to pull YouTube from Fire TV and Echo Show, given this change, and will update if the company responds. The spokeswoman wouldn't say when sales will start. The Fire TV is a much more important device for streaming video than the Echo Show, so losing YouTube would be a blow. When Amazon developed a workaround, Google blocked it again and added the Fire TV to the block list for good measure. The company had stopped those sales due to the device's lack of a Prime Video app, one it still hasn't released; it did finally launch a Prime Video app for Apple TV, though. Google told ZDNet on Thursday: "We are in productive discussions with Amazon to reach an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers". "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon". The decision to block access was announced days ago, and underscoring it was a sharp, immediate action from Google: it took away Echo Show's access to YouTube altogether.

This is the latest fracas between the world's largest internet companies. It implied that Apple and Google were somehow to blame, but of course, it's entirely up to Amazon to build app support for these platforms.

Technically, Google's YouTube blockade on the Fire TV doesn't start until January 1st, so Amazon could be trying to work things out with Mountain View before that deadline. It's now unclear if the change will push Google to resume YouTube support on Amazon's devices.

The row is also believed to have been behind Amazon's decision to stop selling Google's smart home speakers last month.

Analysts said it was because they let people watch services that competed with Amazon's Prime Video.

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