Google and Roku’s ongoing feud could result in the removal of the YouTube app from December 9th


It’s a few months since Google and Roku’s spat about YouTube TV became public, and now it seems that access to another of the search giant’s apps is also on the line. This time it’s the turn of the YouTube app which could be removed from Roku on December 9th thanks to it and Google failing to reach an agreement once again.

As you might expect, Roku blames Google for this sad state of affairs and vice versa. Roku says that Google wants unreasonable advantages that include modifying search results and excessive access to data while the search giant insists that it merely wants to extend the current agreement. It’s almost the same reasoning that both sides gave out after the YouTube TV app spat, and it’s yet another example of tech companies playing out their issues in public like toddlers having tantrums in the supermarket instead of behaving like grown-ups.

In a post on its blog earlier today, Roku says that Google insists that they “preference YouTube over other content providers” and secondly, that the search giant “discriminates against them by demanding search, voice, and data features that they do not insist on from other streaming platforms.” Roku also reiterates that it’s not asking for money but it does reference the hundreds of millions of dollars that Google earns from the YouTube app that is installed on its streaming devices.

Google shared the following statement in response:

Since our negotiations with Roku earlier this year, we’ve continued to work with them to find a resolution that benefits our mutual users. Roku has once again chosen to make unproductive and baseless claims rather than try to work constructively with us. Since we haven’t been able to continue our conversations in good faith, our partnership for all new Roku devices will unfortunately end on December 9. We are, however, giving Roku the ability to continue distributing both YouTube and YouTube TV apps to all existing users to make sure they are not impacted.

While existing Roku users will be able to carry on using the YouTube app on their devices after December 9th, those buying new Roku streaming devices will be unable to download the app unless the two complainants can come to some sort of agreement. Now that even Amazon’s Fire TV stick has access to the ever-popular YouTube app again, the upcoming festive shopping period could see Roku’s device sales under pressure if no agreement is found before December 9th.

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