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Roku and Google butt heads

It’s officially over — Roku (ROKU) has removed YouTube TV from its channel store. According to Roku, the failed distribution agreement was a result of what it perceived as anti-competitive demands from YouTube’s parent company Google (GOOG), which includes a request to manipulate consumer search results, grant access to data not available to other companies, and force Roku to accept hardware requirements that would increase consumer costs.

However, Roku doesn’t want to drag existing YouTube TV users into the drama and is allowing them to still use the app. Both companies have their own side to the story. In response to the allegations, a spokesperson from YouTube TV remarked that “Roku often engages in these types of tactics in their negotiations.”

why it matters
This isn't the first spat to occur between digital streaming providers, but the removal of a major streaming service like YouTube TV from a streaming platform is rare. YouTube is expecting great success with or without Roku, forecasting up to $30b in revenue for 2021.