The YouTube TV app will no longer be available on Roku after a distribution agreement between Roku and Google for the app ran cold.
Roku has said existing users will continue to access the app but cautioned it could change if “Google takes actions that require the full removal of the channel.” As of now, new subscriptions from the YouTube TV app have been disabled.
Roku has taken initiative to send an email to its users warning them against uninstalling the app as it would not be available for download in the immediate future. The regular YouTube application is also still available on Roku devices.
The removal of the YouTube TV app comes after Roku alleged that Google was seeking unfair terms that could benefit Google’s YouTube apps. It further alleged that Google had sought deeper access to Roku consumer data.
“We have only asked Google for four simple commitments. First, not to manipulate consumer search results. Second, not to require access to data not available to anyone else. Third, not to leverage their YouTube monopoly to force Roku to accept hardware requirements that would increase consumer costs. Fourth, not to act in a discriminatory and anticompetitive manner against Roku,” Roku said in a statement.
Earlier, Google accused Roku of abusing its dominating position in the streaming hardware space. “Roku often engages in these types of tactics in their negotiations. We’re disappointed that they chose to make baseless claims while we continue our ongoing negotiations,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge.