Roku's greed is the problem. They make hardware. They are not a service. They should not be charging any company for access to stream to the device that I bought and own.
Once Roku dominated the market with streaming devices, they decided to start extorting money from content providers. Because of their greed, content providers will end up raising their prices to the end consumers to cover these costs.
I was ready to upgrade my Roku devices, but not after this.
I also just received this email. This is very disheartening. We watch YouTube TV on our Roku as 90% of our content. If this app goes away, we will be forced to look at moving to Apple TV, Amazon Fire or a Google device. Not sure what the next best option would be but may need to start researching.
Those who have the content will prevail. YT TV is already on all the other platforms including their own, and will inevitably wipe out the need for a 3rd party device like Roku to make old TV's "smart". It would be in Roku's best interest to be nice with all and make as much money as they can while it lasts.
I've been wanting to try out Android TV. It might be time.
It's about Youtube TV wanting to offer 4k HD in future, but they can't with Roku's current video encoders, Google needs Roku to accept AV1 format encoders on all devices and TV's so they can deliver video in 4k, but with less server storage space and bandwidth. Roku would have to change proprietary formula they use to keep everything locked down to exert the most money.
Just bought a Roku ultra and Roku stick for You tube tv only. Do not want to cast from another device to Roku. I want what I paid for, Roku and You tube tv. Request my money back and cancel my service !!!!
I just got an email from them that sounded like while service isn’t being cut yet it will be and I am NOT happy about it, Roku and YouTube TV need to get their **** worked out and together! I won’t trust either one any more if I have to scramble.
Still following this thread and find it interesting. Obviously, many sides to this issue.
I have a suggestion for your consideration.
First things first. Google is a massive business, but Roku’s no slouch either. Both sides probably have legitimate business objectives they are trying to achieve. Roku is saying Google wants this and that. Google says that’s not true. The problem is we do not have the real facts from either side. Let’s change that. Let’s get the facts.
Roku was the first to contact me on this issue, soliciting my support against Google’s demands. Since Roku was the first to ask for my support, how about Roku giving us the facts. Roku, post the actual agreement text that you have issue with. Word for word. Quote / Unquote. You can always redact anything truly confidential, but keep the redactions to a minimum. Once the actual agreement text in question is in the public domain, Google can respond. They can deny that the text exists (in which case, Roku can simply delete the text – issue resolved). Or Google can provide their own interpretation of the text. Or Google can say, wait a minute, the agreement text at issue is as follows – and they can provide their own disclosure of actual agreement text.
Bottom line. None of us have the facts of this situation. Until we have the facts, we can debate forever.
That’s my suggestion. Come on Roku, disclose the actual text of the agreement that you have a problem with. Make Google respond publicly and allow your customers to decide who has the better case.