We may soon find out.
There’s a wonderful moment near the end of Walt Mossberg’s Q&A with Jeff Bezos at Code Conference 2016 where Nilay Patel, editor of The Verge, asks Amazon’s CEO a simple question.
“Why isn’t there a Prime Video app for the Apple TV?”
Bezos hems and haws. Says it’s complicated. Says private business discussions should stay private. Uses the phrase “acceptable business terms” twice.
“So you’re saying,” Patel says, “you don’t want to pay Apple’s 30% tax for Prime signups?”
That’s when Mossberg makes the gesture captured in the screen grab above: On the nose, Nilay. On the nose.
Well, the new App Store subscription pricing Phil Schiller revealed this week cuts that tax after the first year from 30% to 15%. Are those terms acceptable to Amazon? We may soon find out.
Below: The Bezos Q&A. Patel asks his question at the 1:14:40 mark.