Roku-Google Deal Allows YouTube to Remain on Streaming Platform
Previously, Google said it was ready to yank YouTube off the Roku platform by December 9, 2021. The new deal means 56.4 million active Roku users will be able to keep watching YouTube and YouTube TV on the platform.
“We’re happy to share that we’ve reached a deal with Roku to continue distributing the YouTube and YouTube TV apps on Roku devices,” said Mariana De Felice, a YouTube spokesperson to CNBC. ”This means that Roku customers will continue to have access to YouTube and that the YouTube TV app will once again be available in the Roku store for both new and existing members. We are pleased to have a partnership that benefits our mutual users.”
“Roku and Google have agreed to a multi-year extension for both YouTube and YouTube TV,” Roku said in a statement. “This agreement represents a positive development for our shared customers, making both YouTube and YouTube TV available for all streamers on the Roku platform.”
Roku announced yesterday it had reached over 100 free live TV channels in Canada, as 23 new channels were added. These channels are available for free without any payment, but just require a Roku streaming stick or Roku TV to access.