Roku Inc. and Fox Corp. reached a distribution deal late Friday, avoiding a blackout that would have seen the service’s users deprived of the Super Bowl.
“We are pleased to have reached a successful agreement with Roku,” said a Fox statement. “FOX’s leading suite of apps will continue to be available on the Roku platform.”
Details of the agreement were not revealed. Roku had directed users to other services in the wake of the dispute and removal, but now can welcome them back home.
UPDATED with Fox statement, stock movement. In an ominously timed carriage dispute, Roku’s contract with Fox expires today, Jan. 31. Unable to reach a new agreement, the Fox channels were removed from the Roku Channel Store, a big blow as that network is the broadcast outlet for Sunday’s Super Bowl LIV.
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Roku was forced to tell fans to head to rivals if they cared to watch. The brinkmanship is the streaming equivalent of a traditional pay-TV carriage dispute, though the economic models and competitive landscape are still emerging as more viewers cut and shave the cord and view programming online.
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