Google jumped into the streaming service market with the introduction of YouTube TV. It offers a long list of network options at a low monthly payment with the freedom of cancelling any time. That’s great and all, but its biggest weakness has been that dedicated apps aren’t available for the Apple TV and Roku, and it’ll continue to be that way until 2018.
According to CNET, YouTube TV for the Apple TV and Roku have been delayed until early 2018. This breaks a promise Google made back in October that dedicated apps for these two popular set top boxes would arrive by the end of the year. It also greatly hampers the appeal of YouTube TV. Its biggest competitors in DirecTV Now, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue offer apps for these devices, giving them a significant advantage.
There is a way to get around this for the Apple TV by using AirPlay, but it’s not the most convenient experience. For Roku users, they’re completely left out in the cold for the time being.
For now, Google has been steadfast in rolling out support for Android TV, Chromecast, Xbox One and some LG and Samsung smart TVs.
An exact release for Apple TV and Roku wasn’t revealed by Google. The only thing we know is that the new anticipated released date is Q1 2018.