There’s a battle going on between Roku and Google-owned YouTube, and Roku users are caught in the middle. The December 9, 2021, Google will remove the YouTube app from the Roku store , which means no one else will be able to download it to your device after that date.
Update, 12/8/21: Roku and Google reached an agreement , which means that YouTube and YouTube TV will not leave the Roku platform. The deal was closed and announced a day before the app was pulled.
Google already removed the YouTube TV app from the Roku store, but removing the main YouTube app would be a much more significant blow. YouTube TV is a relatively expensive subscription service. By losing the main YouTube app, Roku users would be losing one of the largest free entertainment services on the Internet, substantially lowering the value of Roku devices.
There’s still a chance that Roku and Google will reach a deal before December 9, but considering the companies have been doing it for some time and Google has already pulled one of their apps, it’s best to prepare for the worst and make sure have it. the YouTube app downloaded on your Roku devices before it was removed.
That means you can’t factory reset your Roku device if you have problems, as you would lose the YouTube app. If you value watching YouTube on your TV, be sure to protect that YouTube app and keep it installed until Google and Roku fix things (if they ever do).