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Fri. 22 Oct 2021, 12:50pm ETBenzinga
In: News, Tech, Media
  • Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) YouTube will no longer allow Roku Inc (NASDAQ:ROKU) customers to download the YouTube or YouTube TV apps to their devices starting Dec. 9, CNBC reports.
  • The decision came after a months-long tussle between the companies that attracted the attention of Congress.
  • Anyone who buys a new Roku device after Dec. 9 will not be able to install YouTube apps.
  • Roku alleged Google of misusing its authoritative market power to force hostile terms on a competitor.
  • An email sent from a Google executive to Roku counters Google’s public statement that it did not ask Roku for special treatment before allowing YouTube apps on Roku devices.
  • Roku alleged Google demanded special access to search data from Roku customers as a condition of allowing YouTube TV on Roku devices. Google also asked for prioritized search results for YouTube videos in Roku’s search feature.
  • Roku agreed to those terms but also asked that Google not seek any additional data. However, Google would not commit to that.
  • Google denied the allegations.
  • YouTube and Roku compete not just with streaming video devices but also in digital ads. 
  • Alphabet shares are trading lower following a tweet from a Bloomberg reporter Oct. 21 stating Google is lowering its cut from subscriptions on Google Pay from 30% to 15%.
  • ROKU Price Action: ROKU shares traded lower by 4.05% at $320.30 Thursday.