Roku had initially sent out emails to users warning them that there is a chance the YouTube TV app could be removed from its devices. The company claims that this is based on the new terms set out by Google that they could not accept as they felt it was unfair and that it would harm their users, ultimately leading to its removal.
According to Roku, “While we are deeply disappointed in Google’s decision to use their monopoly power to try and force terms that will directly harm streamers, we remain committed to reaching an agreement with Google that preserves your access to YouTube TV, protects your data and ensures a level playing field for companies to compete.”
Google has since responded to Roku’s claims by saying, “We have been working with Roku in good faith to reach an agreement that benefits our viewers and their customers. Unfortunately, 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.”
”All of our work with them has been focused on ensuring a high quality and consistent experience for our viewers. We have made no requests to access user data or interfere with search results. We hope we can resolve this for the sake of our mutual users.” We’re not sure when YouTube TV will be back, but until both companies can come to some kind of agreement, don’t expect it back just yet.