Roku calls out Google over YouTube contract stalemate

Roku calls out Google over YouTube contract stalemate


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Tensions between Roku and Google spilled over to customers in a new blog posted by the streaming service on Thursday. After months of failed negotiations for Roku to maintain the YouTube app, the company is accusing Google of anti-competitive demands.

Responding to the deadlocked negotiations, Google said that it would end all distribution of YouTube on new Roku devices after December 9th.

In its Thursday blog post, Roku accused Google of making anti-competitive demands in carriage agreements, like requiring Roku to implement a dedicated YouTube search results row in the Roku interface. Roku also alleged that Google overrides music voice search and blocks relevant searches outside of YouTube’s own results while users are in the YouTube…

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