Help & troubleshooting for channels on your Roku device, including adding/removing channels, logging in to, authenticating, or activating a channel, channel-specific playback issues, assistance contacting channel publishers to report issues, and adjusting channel-specific settings.
Don't think anything has actually happened quite yet. Just something that may possibly happen at some point in the future! I'm not spending any money until completely necessary, haha.
Current and potential app/service carriage disputes are a primary reason one should have a multiplatform (at least 3) streaming strategy (one of which is Android/AndroidTV based for the purpose of sideloading apps).
Ultimately it doesnt matter who is responsible, or whether you support Roku or Google, or neither or both: the practical effect of not having access to a subscription/content is real and actual, thus requiring the multiplatform approach as a consumer so as to have uninterrupted access.
Considering you can get alternate platform products for $20-50, its well worth the "uninterrupted content access" investment.
"Roku said the dispute is not over economic terms, claiming the company is not asking for higher fees to carry YouTube TV. The crux of the spat, according to Roku, is that Google wants to prevent Roku from displaying search results from third-party services (e.g., HBO Max or Netflix) if a user has the YouTube app open.
In addition, one of Google’s stipulations in its renewal talks with Roku for YouTube TV is that Roku agree to future hardware specs as set by Google. Google’s Chromecast device competes with Roku’s streaming media players.
“ 'We are disappointed that Google has so far refused to accept our proposal to extend YouTube TV on Roku,” Roku said in the statement. “Roku is not asking Google for a single additional dollar in value. We simply cannot agree to terms that would manipulate consumer search results, inflate the cost of our products and violate established industry data practices. Google is already under fire from governments around the world for manipulating search results. It is outrageous that Google would now try to insist on manipulating Roku’s search results as well.' ”
This doesn't sound like the disputes with other streaming services, but Google telling Roku how to run their platform. I'm with Roku here.
Fine but if Roku turns off Youtube TV by their choice they should make the users whole.
Also I'm not sure how you do a search in Roku when the Youtube app is open. When you go back to the Roku menu it makes you close the YoutubeTV app. Sounds like BS to me.
Give me the option. Sick of Big Business and government taking away our choices.
1) "Instant Resume" Select streaming channels now support instant resume, a feature that helps users get back to the content they were watching within these supported channels faster. When launching a supported channel from the Roku home screen, users will now be taken directly to the place within the channel they left off so they can resume from that same point within the channel. Instant resume is currently supported on 15+ channels including The Roku Channel, Starz, and Plex, and will be available from additional channels over time.
2) "Improvements to visual search results for Roku Voice" Users who initiate a voice search while within a streaming channel can now experience a more visual and convenient way to browse Roku Search results without disrupting their viewing experience. Results will be displayed in a partial overlay with content from the active channel in the first row, followed by rows of other matches from elsewhere on the platform, providing users with the full breadth of results to choose from, ordered by the best possible match.
Notice the part that discusses "content from the active channel in the first row, followed by rows of matches elsewhere..."? Google's objection is to the latter/second part - they insist global Roku UI search results, while YT/YTTV is open or active should only contain content from within YT/YTTV.
Notice that this would severely limit global Roku UI search results even if YT/YTTV were open, but not active (in instant resume mode).
Of course, this is all based on relatively speculative position/argument claims (including PR statements made by the respective companies) - no one except the Roku/Google representation teams really knows the precise details/extent of the disputed issues, and just like in every other such dispute, we arent privy to such information.
Not sure I know everything about it. I just wish the voice search button would not exit the YouTube TV app and let the voice search be utilized in the context of the YTTV app search function instead of forcing the user to access that search with the silly remote buttons making it almost useless.
It'd be nice to share a link that actually went directly to information.
Any/all "public facing" information is going to be limited, distorted, biased as well as untimely (notice the current carriage contracts ends in a few days) at best - consumers/public are never privy to all the actual negotiation dispute details, and even when negotiations conclude are kept effectively in the dark.
At best you get a relatively generic PR position/statement from the respective corporate entities, along with some half (at best, through tactical "leaks") informed media articles.
I've saved a lot of money going from a cable TV service to streaming, using YouTube TV as my base service where I get most channels that I regularly watch. If Roku drops YouTube TV, then I drop Roku. Simple as that. We've got lots of recordings saved on YouTube TV and have no intention whatsoever of dropping that service. Chromecast devices cost from $30-$50. I can pick up a couple of the top-end Chromecast devices for the amount I'm saving versus cable in a single month!