San Bruno, Calif. – Google’s (NASD: GOOG) YouTube has ordered Roku, the
provider of an Internet-connected video set-top box, to remove a private
channel that had allowed owners of the device to view YouTube videos on their
televisions, GigaOM reported.
The channel had utilized versions of YouTube
videos intended for streaming to mobile devices, which do not feature the same array of advertising attached to videos viewed directly on YouTube.com.
GigaOM speculated that the private channel likely violated the
site’s terms of service.
Roku told blogger Dave Zatz, who first reported on the
issue, that the company is now in talks with Google on restoring access to
YouTube videos from Roku devices.
(Dave Zatz’s blog)