By: Nick Gambino
Back in September, Amazon faked us out at with news that they would start selling the Apple TV again after a 2-year “hiatus.”
It wasn’t so much news as it was a quiet re-listing of the product only to quickly remove the link. Amazon removed the Apple TV and Google Chromecast from its digital shelves back in 2015 seemingly for competitive reasons.
Until recently Apple TV did not offer a Prime Video app which was most likely cause for Amazon to pull the product. Last month, Apple finally added the app ending a 2-year feud.
Google is a slightly different story. While Chromecast doesn’t support Prime Video (and still doesn’t), Amazon has likewise not sold much in the way of Google products. If you search for Google Home you’ll notice it doesn’t exist on the retail site.
Apparently it got so silly that if you asked Alexa to order a Chromecast she would put an Amazon Fire Stick in your personal cart instead. Yikes. And just last week Google stated it was removing YouTube from Amazon Echo Show as well as Fire TV devices.
Well now Amazon has confirmed that both the Chromecast and Apple TV will once again be sold through the platform.
“I can confirm we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast,” a spokesperson told CNET. You can just hear the excitement in that announcement, can’t you?
A Google spokesperson had this to say, “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.”
They’re still listed as unavailable but that should change soon. Just the fact that they have product pages is a big step towards repairing the seemingly broken relationship between the multi-billion dollar companies.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.