Amazon to stop selling Apple TVs and Chromecasts



  • Amazon will stop selling Apple’s Apple TV streaming box and Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter at the end of the month. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the decision Thursday, sending Variety the following statement:

    Seriously? Whatever happened to "don't be evil"? Oh wait, wrong company. Still odd to see such an overt, textbook case of anticompetitive behaviour. But the funny part is the justification they give:

    "Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime. It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion. Roku, XBOX, PlayStation and Fire TV are excellent choices."

    Customer confusion :wtf:? That's always a lame excuse, but it doesn't even make sense here. Do customers assume that any random device they buy will support Prime Video? Including the (I assume) vast majority of customers who have never used Prime Video and only use Amazon for shopping? That's like refusing to sell iPhones because they can't run Android apps and people get confused.

    Oh, and there's also the "small" detail that both of these platforms, as I understand, are free to develop for, meaning the reason they don't support Prime Video is that Amazon didn't port their app there. I don't think there's anything Google could have done better here, short of outright making the Amazon Prime Video app themselves.

    Amazon didn’t provide any further details, but it looks like the ban is global, affecting all markets in which these streaming players have been sold in the past.

    That's the best part, Prime Video isn't even available outside the USA. So I'm not allowed to buy a product I could use, because it's not compatible with a service I can't use. Talk about customer confusion!



  • @anonymous234 said:

    > the streaming media players we sell [...] Roku, XBOX, PlayStation and Fire TV
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    I don't see the Wii on the list. Wii can't do streaming?

    Well, that makes it clear then: Amazon should either stop selling PlayStations and XBoxen, or stop selling Wiis, in order to avoid customer confusion of course. I mean, some consoles can stream Prime, some can't. We can't have that, it's confusing!



  • The Wii can do streaming video, among them Prime.



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  • @anonymous234 said:

    both of these platforms, as I understand, are free to develop for

    Apple TV isn't free to develop for (at least for the newest version that uses their tvOS), but they already have an Apple Developer account so it's not like they can't make an app to be on the new Apple TVs.

    It's just a question if they tried and Apple denied it.


    By the looks of it, the older Apple TVs would've required Apple to make the app for Amazon Prime streaming, and they either didn't or wouldn't for who knows what reason.



  • @anonymous234 said:

    Prime Video isn't even available outside the USA

    Are you sure of that? I'm pretty sure I get it in the UK as part of my Prime subscription...



  • I'm not sure where he got that from either. Works fine in Germany as well.



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    But I forgot that each Amazon website is mostly independent, so it means that the video I get from the .com Prime subscription, not from any Prime subscription, is not available outside the US.

    Eh, still not supported in most countries so the point stands.



  • The Wii isn't on that list because Nintendo pulled the plug on all network applications for it.

    The WiiU, on the other hand, has a working Amazon Video app, so it was probably just an oversight.

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    Random fact: I gave my brother a WiiU recently, and helped him do a system transfer from his Wii. Two days later, he was still in awe of the fact that "little flower guys" carried his data to the new system. (He's never played Pikmin).



  • @anonymous234 said:

    That's the best part, Prime Video isn't even available outside the USA. So I'm not allowed to buy a product I could use, because it's not compatible with a service I can't use. Talk about customer confusion!

    Right; I forgot for a moment that Amazon put all other retailers out of business.



  • @Yamikuronue said:

    Random fact: I gave my brother a WiiU recently, and helped him do a system transfer from his Wii.

    Poor guy.

    Now he has to unplug all that Nintendo shit because it's in the way of his real gaming systems.



  • The [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPkGtSKOP2Q]Wii U transfer animation[/url] is possibly one of the most amazing things about that console. And most users will only ever see it once, if that.



  • Right; but every other console just puts saves and shit on the clouds, so bullcrap like that is no longer necessary.

    And if it fails for any reason, you're fucked because Nintendo still ties online purchases to console hardware instead of user. Your Wii broke? FUCK YOU! YOUR SHIT IS DELETED! NINTENDO HATES ITS CUSTOMERS!!!

    ... also either that is shitty video capture, or that animation runs at like 360p. And the sound effects are annoying.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    And if it fails for any reason, you're fucked because Nintendo still ties online purchases to console hardware instead of user. Your Wii broke? FUCK YOU! YOUR SHIT IS DELETED! NINTENDO HATES ITS CUSTOMERS!!!

    This is honestly the stupidest fucking thing ever.

    Oh you bricked your console because you wanted to use the DVD drive as, you know, an actual DVD drive? Fuck you and your DLC.



  • @JazzyJosh said:

    This is honestly the stupidest fucking thing ever.

    It's not just stupid, but it's something that Microsoft never did, and Sony fixed before the PS3 came out. Which means they've literally a decade behind-the-times when it comes to e-commerce on their platform, and they've been fucking over countless customers ever since.

    Oh and read that again: Sony. Sony fixed it. You've seen the quality of the PSN store, it looks like it was designed by a horse, and yet Sony gets this right and Nintendo does not.

    BUT! HEY! NOSTALGIA! NINTENDO WAS GOOD IN 1992 SO SURELY THEY ARE STILL GOOD NOW!!!!!



  • But mewling 6-year-old children don't understand things like passwords, gamertags, or online accounts! Think of the children, Blakey! Think of the children!

    And infantilize them like hell because Nintendo. Every second grader I knew had no problem with e-mail or IRC. Sure, there were creepy people, and some didn't understand that, but all of them understood "this is my online account, which I can access from anywhere, but I need to keep this special 'pass word' safe because otherwise other people could pretend to be me." Fucking retard video game company...



  • @TwelveBaud said:

    But mewling 6-year-old children don't understand things like passwords, gamertags, or online accounts! Think of the children, Blakey! Think of the children!

    They finally moved to "gamertags" with the WiiU instead of those stupid friends codes.


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  • @anonymous234 said:

    Prime Video isn't even available outside the USA

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  • @blakeyrat said:

    And if it fails for any reason, you're fucked because Nintendo still ties online purchases to console hardware instead of user. Your Wii broke? FUCK YOU! YOUR SHIT IS DELETED! NINTENDO HATES ITS CUSTOMERS!!!

    Filed under: @blakeyrat never lies and is never wrong.



  • @izzion said:

    http://en-americas-support.nintendo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1056

    Ok let's look:

    Please Note: It is not possible to do any transfers between our handheld and console platforms, in any combination.

    Well, why not? My Vita can transfer to a PS3 or PS4.

    Nor is it possible to go chronologically backwards in terms of system generations, such as transferring data from a Wii U to a Wii, or going from a Nintendo 3DS to a Nintendo DSi.

    Well, why not? I can play the same Xbox 360 game on both my (physical) Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and sync the saves between them at any time in both directions. (Not sure if Playstation supports this...)

    If the original system is available and it is in working condition, there are self-service options that can be used to transfer the content from one system to another for the following situations:

    Right, duh. That's the Pikmin animation app. We already knew you could do that.

    In situations where the original system is no longer available, or is no longer in working order, or a self-service option isn’t provided, please contact us for support by clicking here.

    Oh look, here's the case where you're fucked. Simply fucked up the ass. (Guess what Nintendo support tells you? Hint: they say "you're fucked".)

    If Nintendo tied online purchases to the user account instead of the specific piece of hardware, you'd just be able to log into your replacement device and re-download all your games and DLC with no problems.

    If Nintendo had cloud saves, you'd have your personal data backed-up too and wouldn't have to restart progress on all your games because your dog pissed on the Wii.


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