Roku says anticompetitive demands from Google are threatening YouTube TV on platform

Apr. 26, 2021 9:52 AM ETRoku, Inc. (ROKU)GOOG, GOOGL, ROKUBy: Jason Aycock, SA News Editor72 Comments
  • Roku (ROKU -1.2%) has told users it may lose its YouTube TV app (GOOG +0.2%, GOOGL +0.2%) after receiving anticompetitive demands from Google including requests for preferential treatment, Axios reports.
  • The two companies compete in a number of areas and their carriage agreement for YouTube TV is about to expire.
  • Roku argues that Google is threatening the removal of YouTube TV in order to get preferential access to consumer data in the future - including asking for a dedicated search results row in the smart TV interface, and giving YouTube search results more prominence.
  • Roku also says Google has asked it to block search results from other content providers while users are using the YouTube app in Roku.
  • And notably it says Google has threatened to require Roku to use certain chipsets or memory cards that would force a price increase in hardware - where Roku's streamers compete with Google's Chromecast.

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