Amazon bans Apple TV and Google Chromecast sales

Amazon bans Apple TV and Google Chromecast sales
Amazon recently announced that it will soon ban the Apple TV and the Google Chromecast from its online webstore. No new listings for the two video-streaming products will be accepted and the existing listings will be removed on October 29.

Amazon says that it has decided to ban Apple TV and Google Chromecast sales due to the fact that these video-streaming devices are not compatible with Prime Video, Amazon's video-streaming service. According to the e-commerce giant, selling streaming devices that are not easily compatible with Prime Video on Amazon can lead to customer confusion. 

The retailer noted that video-streaming devices that easily work with Amazon Prime Video - such as the Roku players, the Microsoft Xbox consoles, and the Sony Playstation consoles - will continue to be offered through Amazon.

Here's Amazon official statement:


And this is the email that Amazon has been sending out to resellers:



Official motives aside, it looks like Amazon is bullying Apple and Google in an attempt to achieve a better position for its own video-streaming device, the Fire TV stick. Furthermore, it should be pointed out that, if Amazon's Prime Video is not compatible with the Apple TV and the Google Chromecast, that's only because Amazon decided not to develop apps for the two streaming devices. The Google Chromecast SDK allows everyone to make compatible apps (or even port existing ones), and all devs can make apps for the Apple TV, although Apple has tighter control over the apps published in its app store.

What do you guys think of this sales ban? Is there any chance that Amazon is really looking to avoid customer confusion, or has Amazon become a bully?

source: Bloomberg

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60 Comments

1. Elfmonster unregistered

Wowwwwww

5. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

What big babies. Now I for sure will never buy an Amazon made product. What's next? iOS and Android devices?

24. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Apple should ban Amazon's apps from the AppStore.

25. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Hey Amazon, it isn't Apple's fault that you didn't make any money with Android.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's Amazon's fault. If they'd put out the hands down best smartphone on the market, like Samsung did, they'd have made billions every quarter since they started, like Samsung did, and sold more smartphones than anyone like Samsung did.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok, I'll admit, this one was funny. Did you pick up a new iphone?

43. perry1234

Posts: 619; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Do you make money with AppleTM ?

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You're stupid. Youi can stream prime video and music on iPhone's, it seems all Amazon needs to do is make an app that works on Apple TV. They are banning an Apple product too you ignorant troll for the same reason. Chromecast has nothing to do with Android specifically. You insane hate for Android shows just how ignorant you are.

42. Jango

Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

They should all just play nice. See how the consumer loses out? That's you and me. Unless you're a paid shill for Apple.

32. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Lol you fools Google banned Amazon app store from their playstore and Apple didnt allow the Amazon app at all. Plus Apple pushed spotify down in search results even when they copied spotify with apple music LOL Its about time Amazon steps up to the giants. Tho the fire phone was a flop their tablets seem to be doing well. Good competition going on :) The biggest bully is Apple. Never forget the truth about how they run their factories in china. Suicide nets. 17 cents per hour? children? smh

33. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Apple allows Amazon apps, so I don't know what drugs you are partaking of tonight.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 21163; Member since: May 28, 2014

I think he's referring to the Amazon App Store itself.

54. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who needs the Amazon apps store. They have the same apps already available on the Play Store.

58. meanestgenius

Posts: 21163; Member since: May 28, 2014

I guess that's also Amazon's thinking about Apple TV and Google Chromecast. Amazon already offers a similar service, so who needs what Apple and Google are offering....

13. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Amazon bullying? You mean like what Apple did banning Nike fit bands and other Google apps like Android Wear in the Apple store?? FFS phone arena everyone does it, including your beloved Apple

23. bee88

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

that's not really the same thing... Apple stores carry only Apple products and maybe a handful of other companies' products that are made specifically for Apple devices. Amazon has established a reputation for selling anything you could ever want.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Aaaaaaaand... It's still the same thing.

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Haha!! Amazon is trolling... Using their popularity to the full extent

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Watch as the US Antitrust Division do nothing about this Meanwhile they are investigating Google for bundling some of their Play Services apps as a package, even though its free, completely optional and the app are uninstallable

14. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Why should Amazon be hit with Antitrust violations when Apple does it more on their store than anyone on the planet and gets away with it?

34. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Apple isn't a dominating presence in e-commerce. Amazon is, by far, the largest online retailer, and as such wields a lot of influence.

37. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

There is a difference between having a monopoly and monopolizing. Amazon's dominant position in e-commerce is not illegal and has no bearing here, However, monopolizing is different. Committing the actual act of using one's position in a market to exert influence over another. Which, is what they appear to be doing here. The legalities may exonerate them, but it's at least worthy of a look by the FTC.

55. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard. A law is a law. You dont get to break a law because you dont have as big as marketshare. Apple influence on certain markets is equal or higher than Amazon even without the marketshare. That is just foolish!

40. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I didn't say Apple shouldn't be hit with Antitrust violations Just pointing out how slack the US Antitrust Division is But Napalm_3nema has a good point Apple doesn't dominate the retail market Amazon does dominate the online retail market

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21163; Member since: May 28, 2014

Being a satisfied user of Amazon products and services, I can say that Amazon is totally customer orientated. I personally have never been let down their customer service. It's great! That being said, I never put anything past any corporation. They are all about making money first. If the competition gets knocked down along the way, it's par the course doing business, and I really don't think that anyone can say that Apple or Google wouldn't do the same thing if they were in the same situation.

7. Tziggy14

Posts: 618; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Apple and Google can't do the same thing because of possible lawsuits.

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Possible? nothing has ever happened with Apple and Nike... lol

28. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple did the exact same thing. They used to sell fitness watches from other manufacturers, until they decided to release their own, then banned them from their store. Not illegal.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21163; Member since: May 28, 2014

As was already stated several times in this article, Apple has done the same thing, and Google banned the Amazon App Store from the Google Play Store. I think you should reevaluate your statement now.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I did a quick check on my Note 3, I can download Amazon Shopping from Google Play Store. I thought they have ban it now, false alarm!

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