The distribution deal for YouTube’s main app is set to expire by the end of December. YouTube TV, the pay-tv service with more than 3 million customers, already reached the end of the line last spring. Roku removed it from its channel store, meaning no new customers have been able to sign up, but existing ones have still been able to access their subscriptions.
In a blog post published today, Roku continued to insist that the fight is not about money. The streaming company described a “disturbing trend that threatens the vibrant and competitive streaming ecosystem,” saying Google has manipulated search results on Roku’s platform in order to favor its own.
“While we are working to resolve our differences, we want to be transparent about these negotiations,