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Roku removes YouTube TV from its store


YouTube TV has been removed from Roku's channel shop. The distribution arrangement between Roku and Google for YouTube TV expires today, and the two companies are yet to find an agreement. Roku, on the other hand, claims it is "going the extra mile to continue to give loyal viewers access to YouTube TV on the Roku website until Google takes steps that force the channel's complete withdrawal." New YouTube TV app accounts have now been disabled “until an understanding is reached.”

“It is also critical that you do not uninstall the YouTube TV app as it will not be available for download to Roku devices,” Roku warned customers in an email. This condition has no effect on the daily YouTube app, which is still available for free on Roku smartphones.

Roku has accused Google of attempting to obtain unequal conditions that would damage streaming rivals while benefiting the YouTube product suite. Google has already requested more access to Roku user data than other providers, according to Roku, and is pressuring the organization to implement new hardware specifications, implying that AV1 will be funded in the future.

In a new statement released today, Roku said, "We have only asked Google for four basic commitments." “First and foremost, should not tamper with customer search data. Second, no one should be required to have access to data that no one else has. Third, they could not use their YouTube monopoly to compel Roku to accept hardware specifications that would boost market prices. Fourth, not to behave against Roku in a racist or anti-competitive manner.”

Google accused Roku of exploiting its dominant status in the streaming hardware industry earlier this week. “Roku also employs those strategies in their negotiations. On Monday, a Google representative told The Verge, "We're sorry that they want to make false accusations while we pursue our continuing talks." “Our entire collaboration with them has been concentrated on providing our audiences with a high-quality, consistent experience. We also made no attempts to gain access to user data or to alter search results. For the sake of our common customers, we expect to be able to fix this.”

“Our initial talks with Roku actually began with them renewing the existing terms of their continuing contract with YouTube TV, which has been in effect for many years,” Google wrote in a blog post today. Our bid to Roku was straightforward and remains unchanged: we will extend the YouTube TV contract on the same fair terms as before.” Roku allegedly used the time to "renegotiate a new contract encompassing the YouTube key app, which does not expire until December," according to Google.

One bullet point, in particular, suggests that Google needs Roku to support the AV1 codec: 

Our arrangements with partners have technical conditions to guarantee a high-quality YouTube experience. Roku asked for exceptions that would interrupt the YouTube experience and restrict our ability to upgrade YouTube or patch bugs or introduce new functionality. For eg, even if you purchased a Roku system that supports certain resolutions, you wouldn't be able to view YouTube in 4K HDR or 8K because it doesn't support open-source video codecs.

The takeaway is that we're seeing a more online, interactive version of the carriage battles that occur often between cable companies and service providers. Both firms are incredibly picky about their vocabulary.

“We cannot support Google's unreasonable and anticompetitive conditions that would allow for the abuse of your search results, affect the use of your data, and potentially cost you more,” Roku said in an email to consumers, which was sent out at 8 a.m. ET this morning. Google's position is that it "can't grant Roku preferential privileges at the detriment of consumers," and that no requests for changes to search or special access to user data have been created. In a blog post, Google said, "This assertion is unfounded and inaccurate."


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