Google has announced that they are adding access to YouTube TV through the standard YouTube app. This allows them to, essentially, get around Roku’s removal of the YouTube TV app since the YouTube app is still accessible on Roku devices. At the bottom of the YouTube app’s left-side navigation menu will soon be a button “Go to YouTube TV” button.
Google says they will make this change to the YouTube app on Roku devices within the next few days. They also say that they will make it available on as many devices as they can over time, so we may see it arrive on the YouTUbe app for Fire TV devices. Google says they’re still negotiating with Roku to bring the YouTube TV app back but, interestingly, they say they are “in discussions with other partners to secure free streaming devices in case YouTube TV members face any access issues on Roku.”
This certainly feels a lot like what Amazon did to Google when they released the Silk browser to retain YouTube access on Fire TV devices when Google decided to block the main YouTube app from Fire TV devices. It’ll be interesting to see how or if Roku retaliates.