Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has admitted his company stopped selling Apple TVs and Google Chromecasts in October 2015 because Amazon Prime Video, the company’s video streaming app, was not available on those devices. He also said Amazon was not offered “acceptable business terms” by Google and Apple.
At Recode’s Code Conference, Bezos first said that “private business discussions should stay private,” but then added the following statement.
“[W]hen we sell those devices, we want our player – our Prime Video player – to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms. You can always get the player on the device. The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?”
In an email sent to marketplace sellers in October, Amazon stated: “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.”
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