If I were you, I would prepare for it's disappearance from the Roku app lineup either completely or in a severely modified form of some sort. Do yourself a big favour and learn not to be too dependent on any one streaming device's manufacturer. I and many others here did.
After you stop that avoidable dependence, you will no longer worry about corporate spats and being held hostage all the time. You will just sigh and say to yourself, "Here we go again!"
It is very liberating for you-not so much for the warring corporations.
Roku's apps are not written in stone. They are free to do anything they want with them. We consumers might have to put up with their sh#t as far as what's offered on their menu.
That does not mean that you or anyone else here turn into a corporate pawn to be held hostage as some sort of bargaining chip, trash their longtime owned, or even newly purchased Roku devices. Just have some other alternatives like a streaming device other than Roku. All the different manufacturers streaming devices I own (including a Roku 2018 Ultra and A Streaming Stick Plus) are lined up side by side connected to my TV's different ports for years to avoid these periodic reoccurring hostage situations.
So far, it's merely conjecture. But Google has already gone on record stating that they would not pull the channel for users that have it currently installed. So if you have it now, you should retain it if Google does not renew their contract with Roku. The only caveat is that you must not uninstall it for any reason, or you won't be able to add it back in.
But for the time, there's simply no honest answer about if Google will discontinue YouTube on Roku devices.
I can't believe that Amazon, Youtube and private apps are going away. If all of this happens, I'm sorry to say that I won't be using Roku again. I've been a faithful user for a long, long time but there aren't any such issues with Fire TV. Such a shame.
Aren't any such issues with Fire TV? I guess you forgot about the TWO YEAR war between Amazon and Google (YouTube) that prevented each from hosting the other's services.
That too is a standard pattern in these threads. Someone always says: Whatever company is having a dispute right now is the only one that ever does.
Another pattern is that people talk about being "faithful" or "loyal" but the moment there is a dispute, these loyal faithful people talk of jumping ship.
"Faithful and loyal" went out with the mini skirt. Ask anyone who's been replaced or made redundant by a corporation over the last 50 or so years with no Retirement pension or even a decent Severance..
That does not include not being more flexible in dealing with this new reality. With Streaming devices, a more realistic attitude is simply recognizing you probably will not have it all and go from there according to one's own needs and desires. Who said that Streaming was/is a cheap hobby? Pros and cons always exist, sometimes more hidden than others.
Streaming is cheaper than traditional pay TV options, but I have found it although might be a bit cheaper, but it's definitely NOT cheap. With monthly Internet WiFi charges, purchasing devices or remote replacements (had to do this this month-waiting for it to be delivered), etc.
I wish the general public new owners are properly warned plus educated to get a more realistic interaction with these devices beyond a quickie in store or online demo, THEN go into all this with a more knowledgeable outlook well BEFORE their actual first Streaming device/television purchase. All this avoidable confusion would be avoided in the first place.
Please work it out already!!! I have youtube tv for the local networks and am a prime member. If I have to I will go Amazon firestick. Seems kinda stupid to have to do that on a roku tv.