Comcast-owned NBCUniversal is threatening to remove 46 TV Everywhere channels from Roku as of this weekend, according to a report by Variety. The broadcaster tries to force Roku to add Peacock to its platform, but Roku says the terms of distribution are neither fair nor fair.
Peacock is NBC’s new streaming service – the only premium streaming service with an ad-supported free tier. But NBCU doesn’t want to share Peacock’s ad revenue with Roku, which is why the companies are fighting.
Roku’s standard distribution terms require pony apps up to 30% of ad revenue, though the company is offering to take a smaller share of Peacock. In a statement with Variety, a representative from NBCU comments that “Roku’s unreasonable demands ultimately harm their customers and OEM partners.”
Again, NBCU is the one threatening to remove 46 TV Everywhere channels from Roku. This includes 11 network apps, 12 NBC station apps, and 23 Telemundo station apps. Of course, you can still access any NBCU channel through your cable or internet live TV provider’s Roku app. Now might be the time to familiarize yourself with the Comcast Xfinity app, AT&T TV, Charter, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, or Sling TV.
Peacock is not available on Roku or Amazon streaming devices, but you can download it now on Android TV, Apple TV, and most smart TVs. You can also watch Peacock through Chromecast and on most game consoles.
Source: Roku and NBCU via Variety