Google and Roku are repeatedly throwing each other up at the disappearance of the YouTube TV live television streaming service from Roku hardware.
Roku device owners will no longer have access to the popular American cord-cutting service after contract negotiations broke out between the two companies.
Earlier this week, Roku said that Google was abusing monopoly status to force Roku into inappropriate terms. Roku accused Google of gaining a prominent position for YouTube within the interface and prioritizing YouTube search results. Google reportedly told Roku that it wanted the company to use more expensive chips in its streaming devices.
Google has denied the claims, calling them “baseless and false” blog post On the dispute.
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Google states: “We are working with Roku to renew their deal to distribute YouTube TV on their devices. Despite our best efforts to come to an agreement in the best interests of our mutual users, Roku ended our deal in bad faith amid our negotiations. Unfortunately, Roku has often engaged in this strategy with other streaming providers. “
Google alleges that Roku attempted to negotiate the main YouTube app in the deal. It also claims that Roku’s demands may have damaged YouTube’s ability to provide the best possible viewing experience.
It added: “Roku requested exceptions that would break the YouTube experience and limit our ability to update YouTube to fix issues or add new features. For example, open-source video codecs By not supporting, you will not be able to watch YouTube in 4K HDR or 8K, even if you have purchased a Roku device that supports that resolution. “
Google says that he was not going to give Roku the preferential treatment he had allegedly sought. However, Roku himself is singing a completely different tune. Now that YouTube TV has been removed from the Roku Store after the pair’s contract expired, the hardware manufacturer has set its side of the story. It also states that existing customers will still be able to use the app until Google withdraws it completely.
“We are disappointed that Google has allowed us to terminate our agreement for distribution of YouTube TV. Roku has not asked Google for an additional financial consideration of one dollar to renew YouTube TV, ”the company said in a statement to the media.
“We have asked Google for only four simple commitments. First, not to manipulate consumer search results. Second, no one else needs access to the available data. Third, by not taking advantage of its YouTube monopoly, forcing Roku to accept hardware requirements that would increase consumer costs. Fourth, not to act against Roku in a discriminatory and antichromatic manner. “
Now we wait whether the dispute is resolved or not.