Apple TV Can Now Be Purchased on Amazon and Will Deliver When Stock is Available

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Two years after Amazon first removed the fourth-generation Apple TV from its online store, the retailer today has begun selling both the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV boxes for customers, although all versions are currently out of stock. Over the last week the devices had received placeholder pages that stated they were "Currently unavailable," but now Amazon customers can add the 32GB Apple TV, 32GB Apple TV 4K, and 64GB Apple TV 4K to their shopping cart.

Unfortunately, each device is temporarily out of stock as of writing. Amazon notes that the Apple TV can still be added to your cart and purchased, and the company will deliver it "when available" and update you via email "as soon as we have more information." If you checkout right now, you won't be charged until the Apple TV ships from Amazon. Prices haven't changed, so the 32GB Apple TV is $149.00, the 32GB Apple TV 4K is $179.00, and the 64GB 4K model is $199.00.


Amazon's original reason behind removing the Apple TV from its website was the product's incompatibility with the Amazon Prime Video streaming service. With Amazon launching its Prime Video app for Apple TV earlier in December, the company is now placing Apple's set-top box back onto its storefront.

The fourth-generation Apple TV launched in 2015 and introduced tvOS, the first App Store on an Apple TV device, the Siri Remote, and eventually supported Apple's TV app for accumulating most of a viewer's video content into one space. The fifth-generation Apple TV 4K launched this past September and includes all of the same features as the previous model with added support for 4K HDR video playback.

Google's Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra devices are also making a return to Amazon alongside Apple TV, but as of writing these devices still have a "Currently unavailable" marker on their Amazon pages. Amazon and Google have been battling over the lack of support that each company has for the other company's products, most recently involving Google's removal of YouTube from Amazon Show and Fire TV devices. Now the companies appear to have made some form of agreement with the return of Chromecast, but Google Home still hasn't appeared on Amazon.

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35 months ago
i am still happily using my Apple TV (second generation) connected to my 8 year old TV. Both devices are paid off (when bought) and provide acquitted entertainment. The devices work as well as the days they were bought. Remember when families made purchases and keep them for twenty years? No need to replace the devices and go into debt.
Saving money is not a crime.

Majority of Americans don't even have 500 dollars saved. ('http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/12/pf/americans-lack-of-savings/index.html')
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35 months ago

Apologies if this has been covered to death already, but what can a 64GB ATV do that a 32GB ATV can’t do? I have an ATV2 that doesn’t keep much, if anything, in local storage (besides configuration).

There's no absolutely tangible answer to this question. Conceptually, "local storage" above 32GB could buffer more on the device if much of the 32GB is filled up with apps. I've seen people post that select "big" games take up a lot of space implying the need for more than 32GB. Apple did just recently up the local storage max to 4GB. Conceptually, if you purchased about 8 such games, they might soak up just about all available capacity.

Apples own guidance: "If you plan to use your Apple TV 4K primarily to stream movies, TV shows, and music or to play a few apps and games, you’ll probably be fine with 32GB of storage. If you download and use lots of apps and games, choose the 64GB configuration. When making your decision, keep in mind that some apps require additional storage when in use."

But fundamentally, pricing difference is $20. So I suspect much of the attraction is that $20 is such a small number for doubling storage- especially in Apple land- why not get it even if you don't think you may fill it?

Else, apply the same question to higher capacity phones, iPads, Macs, etc too. Conceptually, there is NOTHING available for any of those that can't run on the lowest capacity version, so why does anyone buy the higher capacity versions? Yes, there is a tangible difference in that stuff is purposely stored on those devices (such as a bunch of songs from iTunes) but the concept mostly remains the same (one could stream their music instead, stream their movies instead, store their files in iCloud, etc).
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35 months ago

Isn't the predicate for that statement always true?

I mean, who has orders, available stock, but doesn't deliver?

Nintendo?
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35 months ago

i am still happily using my Apple TV (second generation) connected to my 8 year old TV. Both devices are paid off (when bought) and provide acquitted entertainment. The devices work as well as the days they were bought. Remember when families made purchases and keep them for twenty years? No need to replace the devices and go into debt.
Saving money is not a crime.
Majority of Americans don't even have 500 dollars saved. ('http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/12/pf/americans-lack-of-savings/index.html')

I don’t recommend the new one. The remote is a horror and the UI is also horrible. The little touch pad is a disaster. I’d much rather have the tactile up/down/left/right. And because it’s black and symmetrical, you often press the menu button when you think you are presssing pause. You pick up the remote and whoops, the info panel has slid down. Seriously. It’s the worst ever.

The UI is split between their TV app and their Apple TV menu. Netflix doesn’t work with the TV app so you go back and forth. There is no info about the episode displayed in the TV app. Just a giant graphic. You click on it, it starts playing, oh it’s the one you’ve seen so you’ll exit that and end up going to the app itself anyway, which defeats the purpose of the TV app.

I recommend switching your accounts to direct instead of iTunes, if you have them via iTunes, so you have choice when you do upgrade.
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Apologies if this has been covered to death already, but what can a 64GB ATV do that a 32GB ATV can’t do? I have an ATV2 that doesn’t keep much, if anything, in local storage (besides configuration).

Only thing is number of apps. It has games, you know.
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