Roku Loses The Super Bowl Before The Game Even Starts


Fox Corp. said in a statement late Friday, "We are pleased to have reached a successful agreement with Roku".

Of course, Roku and Fox could still come to an agreement before the Super Bowl starts, but it's good to know Roku users will have a backup plan either way.

Super Bowl LIV will air on Fox Sunday night.

This all comes down to a carriage dispute involving Roku and FOX. "Our distribution contract with FOX Corp is set to expire on January 31, so FOX channels were removed from the Roku Channel Store. Tell Roku hands off your device, and to put you ahead of their business interests".

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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With just two days left until the big game, Roku has removed all of Fox's channels from the Roku Channel store, according to Variety. "Roku's tactics are a poorly timed negotiating ploy, fabricating a crisis with no thought for the alarm it generated among its own customers".

Roku and Fox have resolved their streaming-video skirmish with a deal that keeps the network's apps online for the Super Bowl.

On Friday, Roku had claimed its digital video platform could not stream apps without a deal in place.

Fox had disputed Roku's characterization of the situation and said it wanted its apps to remain on the platform. Every content provider has a distribution agreement on every platform. Roku encouraged customers to continue using its system to access FOX channels through other streaming apps, including: FuboTV, SlingTV, YouTube TV and Hulu's live TV option. "It gives us the legal right to distribute".

Fortunately, there's a workaround that doesn't involve buying a new streaming device or using an antenna: just install Roku's National Football League app to watch the game instead.