Both Apple TV 4K Models Sold Out Again On Amazon
Stephan Jukic – December 23, 2017
Amazon may still be in the middle of a dispute with Google but at least as far as its 2-year-old problems with Apple are concerned, the online retail giant recently offered a nice little olive branch by finally allowing Apple’s newest streaming media set-top box, the Apple TV 4K to go on sale on its site. This was great, until the Apple TV 4K literally sold out in hours after being listed and searchable on the Amazon website just a couple of days ago.
Well, we can now confirm that both the 32GB and 64 GB versions of the new streaming 4K HDR media device still remain out of stock as of today and while Amazon has posted up a notice that new models of the $179 32GB version will be coming in as of December 28th (just in time to miss both Christmas and Boxing day, ho ho ho), the pricier 64 GB model has no definite restock date so far. It’s a shame because Prime customers of Amazon could look forward to overnight delivery of the set-top boxes if they bought in time to miss their sell-out moment.
Amazon’s little dispute with Apple began a couple years ago when the company stopped carrying Apple TV devices on its huge website along with Google’s Chromecast devices. This was partly the case because both devices lacked easy access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video app and also likely because Amazon had its own competing streaming media device as a competitor. Apple started offering the Amazon Prime Instant Video app earlier in December on the new Apple TV 4K box and now Amazon sells the set-top box itself. Google on the other hand remains in dispute with Amazon and has even slated its YouTube app for removal from all Amazon devices by January of 2018, but we are hearing that Chromecast and 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra streamers will soon be selling on Amazon as well.
Apple TV 4K, which we reviewed here, is the most recent and advanced addition to the 4k HDR streaming media device market. It’s also the only such device to offer HDR support for both Dolby Vision and the more widely used HDR10 standard. We recently reviewed it in depth here.