Google’s official YouTube blog:
Today, we’re introducing a new feature that gives you access to
YouTube TV from within the YouTube app, making it easier to enjoy
all the content you love. Existing members can easily access
YouTube TV by clicking on “Go to YouTube TV” in the main YouTube
app. This update will be available to all YouTube TV members on
Roku over the next few days, and we will expand to as many devices
as we can over time.
Translation: Fuck you, Roku. We dare you to ban the YouTube app.
Separately, we are also in ongoing, long-term conversations with
Roku to certify that new devices meet our technical requirements.
This certification process exists to ensure a consistent and
high-quality YouTube experience across different devices,
including Google’s own — so you know how to navigate the app and
what to expect. We’ll continue our conversations with Roku on
certification, in good faith, with the goal of advocating for our
Translation: You’ll add hardware support for the AV1 codec whether you want to or not, because we say so.
Roku’s response, via The Verge:
Google’s actions are the clear conduct of an unchecked monopolist
bent on crushing fair competition and harming consumer choice. The
bundling announcement by YouTube highlights the kind of predatory
business practices used by Google that Congress, Attorney Generals
and regulatory bodies around the world are investigating. Roku has
not asked for one additional dollar in financial value from
YouTubeTV. We have simply asked Google to stop their
anticompetitive behavior of manipulating user search results to
their unique financial benefit and to stop demanding access to
sensitive data that no other partner on our platform receives
today. In response, Google has continued its practice of blatantly
leveraging its YouTube monopoly to force an independent company
into an agreement that is both bad for consumers and bad for fair
Translation: Fuck us? No, fuck you, Google.
(Anyway, I was on Roku’s side in this dispute until they pluralized “attorney general” that way. Come on, Roku.)
★ Friday, 7 May 2021