Today, the YouTube TV app has been removed from Roku because Google and Roku have not reached an agreement to extend the license. The contract between the companies would have required Roku to agree to terms that they suggest they are not comfortable with. These terms would apparently put Google’s apps and services at the top of search results and provide Google with user tracking data that Roku says they shouldn’t need.
If you are a Roku user and currently use the YouTube TV app, you should be fine for a while. Roku says that they will not enter and remove the app from their device and will not stop the service unless Google intervenes. Currently, only the YouTube TV app listed for download on the Roku channel store is removed from the list.
You will not be able to activate new YouTube TV subscriptions, even if you already have the YouTube TV app installed. If you already have the YouTube TV app installed and already have a subscription, you should be able to access YouTube TV on your Roku.
The standard YouTube app will not be affected by this situation, as any official source has said. YouTube TV and YouTube have separate contractual agreements with Roku, and one should not affect the other. This does not mean that this situation will not change the way Google will work with Roku in the future – it COULD happen.
Users have reported that the YouTube TV app for Roku remains active and unaffected at this time. It COULD be disabled in the future, but for now it will remain available to users, as long as they have already signed up and already have the default application on their Roku devices.
UPDATE: YouTube representatives released a statement on the matter, suggesting that their “offer for Roku was simple and still stands: renew the deal with YouTube TV under existing reasonable terms”. They suggested that Roku “chose to use this as a separate agreement, covering the main YouTube app”.
YouTube representatives also suggested that Roku “requested exceptions” to his technical requirements “that would interrupt the YouTube experience and limit our ability to update YouTube to correct problems or add new features”. This included Roku not agreeing to open source video codecs.
Most importantly, YouTube representatives say that “they have never, as they claimed, made any request to access user data or interfere with search results. This statement is unfounded and false. “