Amazon.com Inc. is flexing its e-commerce muscles to gain an edge on competitors in the video-streaming market by ending the sale of devices from Google Inc. and Apple Inc.
The Seattle-based Web retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers that it will stop selling Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast. No new listings for the products will be allowed and posting of existing inventory will be removed Oct. 29, Amazon said. Amazon’s streaming video service, called Prime Video, doesn’t run easily on rival’s devices.
Hmm… While this sounds like an abuse of dominant position on Amazon’s part, I would really like to see a Prime Video app on the Apple TV.
With the new Apple TV coming out in November, and offering an app store, I would assume this will be possible. Apple doesn’t prevent Amazon from having its apps in the iOS App Store, and would probably not be allowed to do so on the Apple TV App Store. If this is the case, is Amazon just doing this to attack Google?