Back when the first Chromecast debuted in 2013, it quickly became the best-selling electronics device on Amazon’s shopping site. It’s no surprise that just a few years later with the release of the Fire TV, Amazon decided to stop selling competitors to its own streaming products and pulled Chromecast and Apple TV. That move turned around to bite the company in the rear, however, thanks to Google blocking YouTube on the Echo Show.
One of Google’s main complaints in the reason it gave behind the block was that Amazon didn’t allow competing products like Google’s Chromecast, Home, or even Apple’s TV to be sold alongside Amazon’s own offering. It seems Amazon is extending the olive branch to Google in an attempt to get YouTube back on Echo Show devices with this latest move.
An Amazon representative confirmed to CNET that the Apple TV and Chromecast will re-appear on Amazon’s shopping site, with listings for the Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, Apple TV, and Apple TV 4K now showing up. They’re not on sale yet, but Amazon has confirmed they will be available shortly.
The ball is now in Google’s court on whether this will be enough of an olive branch to keep YouTube on the Echo Show and Fire TV.
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December 14, 2017 at 12:18PM