Fox Channels Pulled From Roku In Carriage Flap Before Super Bowl LIV

Fox Channels Pulled From Roku In Carriage Flap Before Super Bowl LIV

FOX's transparent attempt to rile the emotions of Roku customers in their public statement sounds like a desperate battle cry of a falling empire.

Beginning Jan. 31 "all standalone FOX channels will no longer be available on Roku streaming devices", the company said in an e-mail.

However, Fox wants people to know that the Super Bowl LIV will be "ubiquitously available" through "the biggest steaming platforms and our website". Regardless of whether it has necessary, users are the ones who miss out, something particularly frustrating for football fans who had planned to stream the Super Bowl through a Roku device using the Fox Sports app.

Roku and FOX tonight confirmed to Cord Cutters News that a deal to keep FOX Channels on Roku Players and Roku TVs has been reached. Roku gets a cut of ad revenue from those streamed in apps on their platform. The two sides were threatening a protracted fight that could have left Roku customers looking for alternatives to watch the game, after the company had said it would remove Fox apps.

In the wake of the removal, Roku addressed concerns and whether or not Fox Sports would be removed as well. It directed its customers to other services - FuboTV, Hulu+Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube - which could offer free trials.

"To be clear, Fox has not asked Roku to remove our apps, and we would prefer Roku continue to make them available without interruption", the statement read.

As of the end of September 2019, Roku reported 32.3 million active accounts, a net gain of 1.7 million during the third quarter and up 36% year-over-year.

Fox representatives did not respond to Television NewsDaily by press time.

With the return of the FOX Apps to the Roku platform, streamers will now be able to watch the Super Bowl in 4K on Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+, Roku Streaming Stick+, and Roku Ultra devices.

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