Roku Removes YouTube TV from Channel Store
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After the past several weeks of contract negotiations between Google and Roku, it’s now official that Roku has Removed YouTube TV from its Channel Store.
The contract between Roku and YouTube TV was set to expire in the coming days and according to several sources, no agreement was reached.
It’s important to note that current subscribers of YouTube TV will continue to have access to the app unless Google decides to completely remove it from Roku devices.
A Roku spokesperson (Dallas Lawrence) told USA Today that the company is “disappointed” in Google for allowing the contract to expire without seeking further consideration.
The full statement from Lawrence included the following:
“It is well past time for Google to embrace the principles that have made streaming so popular for millions of users by giving consumers control of their streaming experience, by embracing fair competition and by ceasing anticompetitive practices.”
Although the news may be shocking that YouTube TV is now gone from Roku’s Channel Store, there were several hints in the previous days leading up to this story.
YouTube TV even commented on the situation through social media posts:
We have been working with Roku in good faith to reach an agreement that benefits our viewers and their customers. We regret that some of you may have seen a message from Roku while our negotiations are still ongoing.
— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) April 26, 2021
In the above tweet from YouTube TV, you will notice they say “we regret that some of you may have seen a message from Roku while our negotiations are still ongoing.”
Earlier this week, Roku notified their customers via email about this situation with YouTube TV.
You can read Roku’s entire email below:
Roku claimed Google was trying to skew search results in its favor and alter the Roku user experience.
YouTube TV then replied these were “baseless claims” from Roku.
We’re disappointed that they chose to make baseless claims and used these types of tactics in their negotiations. We will continue working with Roku to ensure a high-quality and consistent viewing experience, and hope to resolve this for our members.
— YouTube TV (@YouTubeTV) April 26, 2021
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As cord-cutting continues to grow we can only expect more of these situations in the future.
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