"#Roku said…#YouTubeTV, has been removed from its channel store b/c the companies' distribution agreement has expired. Roku users who have already installed YouTube TV on their devices can continue to stream it, but no new customers can sign up for (it)." www.cnet.com/news/roku-youtube-tv-app-removed-from-channel-store-as-deal-with-google-ends/
Can't decide whether Google is baiting Roku to remove the YouTube app, or whether it is just adding more promotion for YouTube TV to all of its apps, and just uses that as an excuse to add a little fuel to the fire. www.protocol.com/bulletins/roku-youtube-tv-workaround
and to be clear -- that is streaming hours per active account per day...so nearly 4 hours of Roku usage per active account per day makes sense with @netflix over 2 hours per day and @YouTube growth on the TV going vertical
We're introducing a new feature that lets you access @YouTubeTV from the @YouTube app. This feature will be available to all @YouTubeTV members on Roku over the next few days, making it easier to enjoy the content you love... yt.be/7JfeK pic.twitter.com/kLGNbV951Q
Is Youtube TV on Roku?
According to YouTube, existing YouTube TV members will be able to access the live-TV service by clicking on “Go to YouTube TV” in the main YouTube app. It will be available to all YouTube TV members on Roku “over the next few days,” YouTube said, adding that it plans to expand the feature to more devices over time. VarietyAfter Roku Pulls YouTube TV, YouTube Will Add Ability to Access Live-TV Service From Main App
Google has placed a “Go to YouTube TV” shortcut at the bottom of the main YouTube menu on Roku devices. This will load the YouTube TV experience that is no longer available as a standalone application. This strategy comes as the Play Movies & TV client is shutting down in favor of one YouTube app for everything.
This update will be available to all YouTube TV members on Roku over the next few days, and we will expand to as many devices as we can over time.
The company today says it is “still working to come to an agreement with Roku to ensure continued access to YouTube TV for our mutual customers.” That said, it is keeping an eye on existing subscribers. They currently still have access to the app, but Google is having “discussions with other partners to secure free streaming devices in case YouTube TV members face any access issues on Roku.”
Outside of the current YouTube TV dispute, Google says it’s “also in ongoing, long-term conversations with Roku to certify that new devices meet our technical requirements.” Roku is said to be unhappy with a requirement that future hardware supports the more efficient, but computationally-intensive AV1 codec. This requires more expensive chipsets and, therefore, raises the cost of streaming devices.
This certification process exists to ensure a consistent and high-quality YouTube experience across different devices, including Google’s own–so you know how to navigate the app and what to expect. We’ll continue our conversations with Roku on certification, in good faith, with the goal of advocating for our mutual customers.
This workaround sees Google successfully circumvent the need for a dedicated YouTube TV app, but Roku could threaten the main YouTube app. However, that would come at the great expense of their streaming box being the only one without the popular video service. The current deal with Roku for the main YouTube client runs until December of 2021.
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The company plans to bring YouTube TV to the main app on "as many other devices as we can over time," but it's a Roku-only feature for now. It'll be available to all YouTube TV users on Roku within the next few days. If you already had the YouTube TV app on a Roku device before it vanished from the store, you'll still be able to access the service with it.
Roku accused Google of demanding special treatment for YouTube TV in search results and certain hardware specs that would make its devices more expensive, potentially giving Chromecast a boost as a more attractive option for consumers. Google said it wanted to renew the deal on the existing terms, and accused Roku of acting in bad faith. It claimed Roku has used similar tactics during talks with other streaming services.
Talks between Roku and YouTube are continuing in hopes of reaching an agreement. Still, the YouTube team wrote in a blog post that it's "in discussions with other partners to secure free streaming devices in case YouTube TV members face any access issues on Roku." The companies have a deal to keep the main YouTube app in the Roku store until December.
YouTube is also in separate negotiations with Roku about specifications for future devices to "ensure a consistent and high-quality YouTube experience across different devices." In a statement after Roku yanked the app, Google said that Roku asked for exceptions that would "break the YouTube experience," including a lack of support for open-source video codecs YouTube uses for 4K and 8K video.
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