Amazon Will Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices – Bloomberg Business

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?

Source: Amazon Will Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices – Bloomberg Business

4 thoughts on “Amazon Will Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices – Bloomberg Business

  1. Well, I wouldn’t buy an Apple device off Amazon anyway. Who knows what I would actually receive?
    We’ve got Amazon Prime, so I bought a Roku 3 for the living room TV. My Mac mini is in the study, and I already have a Sony Blu-ray player that does Amazon Prime, so I’ll probably get an Apple TV for that room.

  2. Well, I wouldn’t buy an Apple device off Amazon anyway. Who knows what I would actually receive?
    We’ve got Amazon Prime, so I bought a Roku 3 for the living room TV. My Mac mini is in the study, and I already have a Sony Blu-ray player that does Amazon Prime, so I’ll probably get an Apple TV for that room.

  3. Highly speculative, but I would not be surprised if Amazon sells the new Apple TV and has a Prime Video app for it, just as they already have for iPhone. Amazon devices are not really competing with the new Apple TV given its $149 and up price tag.
    My understanding is that there is no Prime app for Google devices due to Amazon forking Android and setting up their own app store. This is a real pissing match between Amazon and Google. I don’t know why there is no Prime app/channel on the current (old) Apple TV but I doubt they are “banned” since they are on iPhone. I think Amazon has been looking for an excuse to screw Google, and by ditching the old Apple TV they can perhaps avoid anti-trust inquiries by using the compatibility excuse.
    I suspect the Oct 29 date for removing current postings ends up being the date the new Apple TV is available (I don’t think Apple announced a date beyond “October” or “fall”).
    Apple may be quite happy about all this.

  4. Highly speculative, but I would not be surprised if Amazon sells the new Apple TV and has a Prime Video app for it, just as they already have for iPhone. Amazon devices are not really competing with the new Apple TV given its $149 and up price tag.
    My understanding is that there is no Prime app for Google devices due to Amazon forking Android and setting up their own app store. This is a real pissing match between Amazon and Google. I don’t know why there is no Prime app/channel on the current (old) Apple TV but I doubt they are “banned” since they are on iPhone. I think Amazon has been looking for an excuse to screw Google, and by ditching the old Apple TV they can perhaps avoid anti-trust inquiries by using the compatibility excuse.
    I suspect the Oct 29 date for removing current postings ends up being the date the new Apple TV is available (I don’t think Apple announced a date beyond “October” or “fall”).
    Apple may be quite happy about all this.

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