- The streaming devices from Google and Apple have been unavailable on Amazon for two years.
- Apple TV added Amazon Prime Video support last week.
- There’s no word yet on if YouTube will return to Fire TV and Echo Show.
It looks like Amazon has decided to blink in its ongoing cold war against Google. The company announced today it will begin selling the Google Chromecast TV dongle, along with Apple TV products for the first time in two years.
CNET confirms that listings for Chromecast and the Chromecast Ultra, along with three Apple TV models, are beginning to roll out on Amazon’s site. In a statement, a company spokesperson simply stated, “I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast.” Amazon removed the TV streaming devices for sale in late 2015, saying they did not wish to confuse buyers with selling products that did not work well with its own Amazon Prime video streaming service. However, Amazon Prime Video finally added support for Apple TV last week, so it makes sense for Amazon to start selling the Apple TV again.
As far as adding Chromecast, you may remember that last week, Google said it was removing access to its YouTube services for both Amazon’s Fire TV devices and its Echo Show. In its own statement, Google said that part of the reason was Amazon was refusing to sell Chromecast dongles, along with its Google Home speakers, and that Amazon Prime does not currently support Chromecast. Whether or not YouTube support will return to Fire TV and Echo Show remains to be seen, however.
Do you think Amazon’s move will cause Google to add YouTube support again to Fire TV and Echo Show? Let us know what you think in the comments!