Google has come up with a fix for YouTube TV subscribers who can’t get the app in Roku’s store because of the companies’ standoff.
Last week, Roku removed the app for Google’s streaming service after the contract to carry it expired.
Now, Google says existing subscribers on Roku devices should be able to access YouTube TV from within the YouTube app “over the next few days.” Once the update is in place, existing members will find a “Go to YouTube TV” prompt in the main YouTube app.
In the online post, Google said it would expand access to YouTube TV from YouTube apps on more devices. And the company also said, “we’re working with other partners to secure free streaming devices in case YouTube TV members face any access issues on Roku.”
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Google said it continues to work on an carriage agreement with Roku. “As of right now, existing YouTube TV members still have access to the app on Roku devices,” the company said.
The showdown pits the tech giant Google against the leading streaming device maker. Roku had harsh words for Google’s plan. “Google’s actions are the clear conduct of an unchecked monopolist bent on crushing fair competition and harming consumer choice,” the streaming device maker said in a statement to USA TODAY.
“Roku has not asked for one additional dollar in financial value from YouTubeTV,” the company said in its statement. “We have simply asked Google to stop their anticompetitive behavior of manipulating user search results to their unique financial benefit and to stop demanding access to sensitive data that no other partner on our platform receives today. In response, Google has continued its practice of blatantly leveraging its YouTube monopoly to force an independent company into an agreement that is both bad for consumers and bad for fair competition.”
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