YouTube TV May Go Dark on Roku as Platform Accuses Google of Anticompetitive Behavior

The carriage disagreement is centered around data, not dollars

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Carriage disagreements are getting a lot more complicated. Roku users may soon lose access to YouTube TV as tensions between the connected TV platform and Google come to a head.

On Monday morning, Roku began warning its customers with a YouTube TV subscription that the service could go dark on the connected TV platform, accusing Google of anticompetitive behavior.

“Google is attempting to use its YouTube monopoly position to force Roku into accepting predatory, anti-competitive and discriminatory terms that will directly harm Roku and our users,” the company said in a lengthy statement.

Roku alleges that Google is asking Roku to manipulate consumer search by forcing Roku to block non-YouTube results for users inside the YouTube TV app.



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