Amazon has followed through with their promise to remove all listings of Apple TV and Chromecast products on their website. This includes listings from third-party sellers, as well as used and previous-generation devices sold through Amazon’s marketplace.
Amazon told 3rd party resellers earlier this month that it was going to discontinue the sale of both Apple TV and Chromecast by the end of October. The company confirmed the decision to stop selling both devices when contacted by Good e-Reader, sending a statement that read in part: “It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion.”
The real reason why Amazon removed the products is that they were incompatible with Amazon Prime Video. What is fairly amusing is that the latest version of the Apple TV does have an app store and Amazon could easily port in an app for it.
Likely the biggest problem with Amazon suspending the sales of Apple TV and Chromecast from their website is that it hurts Canadians. Amazon Prime Video is not available in Canada, and this severely limits the types of devices we can buy from Amazon. It is very likely that Canadians will instead buy Apple TV directly from Apple or a retail partner, instead of Amazon.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.