It looks like Google’s YouTube removal from the Fire TV and Echo Show paid off. The online retailer will add Apple TV and Chromecasts back to its store. It’s a fitting end to a silly back and forth between Amazon and Google. Amazon removed both the Apple TV and Chromecast several years ago.
Google recently blocked access to YouTube on both the Fire TV and Echo Show. The search giant pulled access as a preemptive measure in hopes to force Amazon to reconsider selling the devices. The Echo Show lost access to YouTube on Dec. 5, and the Fire TV would have lost access on Jan. 1. But, it looks like the move paid off.
A spokesperson for Amazon commented on the matter last week stating that both the standard and ultra models of the Chromecast will make their return to the online retailer’s shelves. Amazon published pages for the Google dongles with the “currently unavailable” moniker.
Google has yet to respond on the matter, and we’re not sure if the search giant will add support for YouTube on Amazon devices. Given Google’s motives behind removing the support, it’s a safe bet that support will be added though. It’s just a matter of when.
Amazon adding the Apple TV to its website makes sense as well. Recently, Amazon’s Prime Video made its debut on tvOS, a move that suggested Amazon and Apple were also mending their relationship. Amazon will sell both the fourth generation (2015) and new 4k Apple TV models.
With Amazon adding both the AppleTV and Chromecasts, it looks like each company is ready to bury the hatchet.
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