Amazon to ban sale of Apple, Google video-streaming things

2 October 2015

amazon-logo Amazon are being weird babies again, this time, they're going to stop selling media-streaming gadgets from Apple and Google. Why? Well, they don't want to sell things that aren't easily compatible with their own video service. Honest.

Amazon sent an e-mail to its marketplace sellers, which said that it will be stopping selling Apple TV and Google's Chromecast, because those gadgets don't "interact well" with Prime Video. Keep in mind that Christmas is just around the corner, and a lot of people will be wanting to buy Google and Apple products, you almost have to admire the brass balls on Amazon.

Also keep in mind that, if you're not the sort of person who can root things, Amazon's tablets don't run on the proper Android OS, which means if you get a Fire HDX or whatever, you won't be able to download Google apps like YouTube, the Google Play store and the like. You can't get the BT Sport app either. So it looks like Amazon are fencing themselves in, and trying to only flog their own stuff, which is a risky move.

This isn't the first time Amazon have tried this. They got in a row with the Hachette Book Group, over the sales of print and digital books. Basically, Amazon blocked pre-orders for some of Hachette's books, and a load of authors got angry and said the whole thing was anti-competitive.

Now, with that, you could argue that not selling Google and Apple stuff could fall under anti-trust rules, which means this could get very messy for Amazon. Even if it doesn't raise these concerns, it is unusual for a company to send a load of potential customers elsewhere, if they want premium or popular products.

Either way, if you want Apple TV or Chromecast, you won't be finding it at Amazon - mercifully, loads of other retailers are available.

TOPICS:   Technology   Freebies

3 comments

  • Andy R.
    Wot about Android boxes that can access bent streams of sport and films. Can we still waste money on those at Amazon?
  • Nick
    Seriously? The only reason Chromecast and every other android device out there doesn't "play well" with Prime Video is because Amazon haven't released an app on Google Play that'll play them. This is an entirely fake issue generated by Amazon to limit people to using Amazon hardware, not an issue with other manufacturers.
  • CapitalistBitchBoy
    cant people buy shit from somewhere other than amazon. its not hard. unless of course you've committed 79 big ones up front for the year for 1 day delivery and video, in which case you'll locked in because delivery charges suck.

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