Updated February 12, 2018 07:52:51After a year-long feud, Netflix announced that it will stop supporting YouTube and its YouTube TV channel in 2018.
Netflix’s decision comes after a backlash by users of the online video service who argued that it is in violation of copyright law.
“The decision is based on strong and clear evidence that, while Netflix may offer services that are complementary to the core Netflix service, these services are not free,” Netflix said in a statement.
“This is because Netflix’s video offerings, which are complementary in nature to Netflix, are not a service offered by Netflix.”
The move comes after Netflix had to pay millions of dollars in legal fees to dozens of copyright holders.
The video streaming service is also facing a series of complaints from users who claim it violated copyright law by blocking content from Google, Facebook and other websites.
Netflix said it would be adding new channels and apps to its YouTube and Twitter channels in 2018, and also said it will offer other content.
“Today, we have come to the conclusion that, despite our commitment to continue providing the best possible streaming experience, our commitment is no longer sufficient to ensure the safety of our users and the future of the streaming video ecosystem,” the streaming service said.
Netflix will also introduce a new paid streaming service, the YouTube Premium, which it said would “provide the best viewing experience, including original content, without a subscription fee.”