Roku and Google are once again failing to reach a deal, and the YouTube app will be removed as a result. Roku alleges that Google wants a special deal that includes modifying search results and access to data that no other streaming partners have. Google has denied the allegations and said that the company only wanted to renew its existing deal with Roku. Roku has once again chosen to make unproductive and baseless claims rather than try to work constructively with us. Since we haven't been able to continue our conversations in good faith, our partnership for all new Roku devices will unfortunately end on December 9. We are, however, giving Roku the ability to continue distributing both YouTube and YouTube TV apps to all existing users to make sure they are not impacted. YouTube is the second-most used app on connected TV devices. It’s hard to think of another platform that lacks official access to YouTube. The deadline at play here comes right in the height of the holiday shopping season. It's also notable that the Fire TV platform finally has it.
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