Roku and Google have reached a multi-year deal that will keep the YouTube and YouTube TV apps available on Roku devices, Roku announced on twitter this morning, The settlement comes months after the YouTube TV app was removed from the Roku Channel Store and just a day before the regular YouTube app would have removed from shop.
Specific terms of the deal haven’t been announced, including how many years “multi-year” means and whether Roku will begin adding decoding support for the AV1 video codec to its hardware. We also don’t know if the $65-per-month YouTube TV service will return to the Roku store as its own dedicated app or if it will continue to roll out to the main YouTube app, as Google adds it there. has been done from. To remove Roku’s restrictions in May.
Support for the AV1 codec has been one of the major sticking points between the two companies. The YouTube and YouTube TV apps use AV1 (which is supported by Google, among other companies) to deliver compressed 4K and 8K video streams. But because streaming devices use slower, cheaper processors, they rely on dedicated video decoding hardware to be able to actually decompress and display those video files, and while most of these devices use high-resolution video streams, Less support of the royalty-free AV1 codec.
Roku has said that adding AV1 support to its devices will “increase consumer costs,” and its requirement for YouTube and YouTube TV support would effectively allow Google to determine which chips Roku uses in its products. uses. Google has also accused Roku of using its position in the streaming-device market to secure more favorable terms. Multiplicity of all streaming in North America, although its market share is less in other regions). The YouTube and YouTube TV apps may not be able to stream high-resolution video on devices without AV1 support, though having those apps available in Roku’s store in some capacity may have allowed for both companies to pull them off altogether. It is better to give than to give.