Spencer Soper, reporting for Bloomberg, “Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices”:
Amazon.com Inc. is flexing its e-commerce muscles to gain an edge
on competitors in the video-streaming market by ending the sale of
devices from Google Inc. and Apple Inc. that aren’t easily
compatible with Amazon’s video service.
The Seattle-based Web retailer sent an e-mail to its marketplace
sellers that it will stop selling Apple TV and Google’s
Chromecast. No new listings for the products will be allowed and
posting of existing inventory will be removed Oct. 29, Amazon
said. Amazon’s streaming service, called Prime Video, doesn’t run
easily on its rival’s hardware.
“Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important
part of Prime,” Amazon said. “It’s important that the streaming
media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to
avoid customer confusion.”
Given that they have Amazon Prime apps for iPhone and iPad, why not just make an Amazon Prime app for Apple TV? When they say “It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion”, do they mean that they’ll only sell media players that include Amazon Prime by default?
★ Thursday, 1 October 2015