I am the OP for this thread. No, I am not a google lackey. My views are all about my personal TV viewing.
I don't doubt Google is trying to pull anticompetitive moves via their dominant position and Roku has every right to fight it. Cool.
But I still like youtube TV and think it is fairly priced. I have no contract so as soon as something better comes along, I drop youtube TV for the newbie thing i like. That's consumer choice on the internet.
Roku is just hardware. The important part of Roku, for me, is the remote control, because that's what i interface with. I looked at the 4k Fire stick. The remote looks good but that offering is old (by internet standards) being from 2018. It's only $50 on Amazon. I might get one 4k Fire stick just to check it out.
I have LG and Samsung TVs so no experience with Roku TVs. But couldn't anyone with a Roku TV just get a 4k Fire stick and go around any Roku app limits? If this showdown isn't resolved, the streaming devices that run the apps are the only vulnerability, no? And my bet is Roku will cave, Google has too much market power right now.