A day before Google was scheduled to remove YouTube from the Roku appstore, Google and Roku have reached an agreement that will keep YouTube accessible on Roku devices and will return the YouTube TV app to Roku’s channel store. The deal is said to be a multi-year agreement between the two companies, but nothing else has been said about the specifics of the arrangement.
The dispute between Google and Roku started in April of this year when Roku removed the YouTube TV app from its appstore because the two companies couldn’t agree on new terms for their contract renewal. Google then escalated things by making YouTube TV accessible through the YouTube app on Roku devices to bypass Roku’s ban. Things then took a dire turn in October when Google announced that it would be removing the YouTube app from Roku’s appstore on December 9th if an agreement between the two companies was not reached.
The two companies had the following to say about the new agreement:
“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. 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.” ~Google
“Roku and Google have agreed to a multi-year extension for both YouTube and YouTube TV. 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