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News of Note—Roku, Hulu, YouTube TV, Conor McGregor

In a virtual MVPD market in which products look largely the same, Hulu has managed to stretch a little separation between itself and the pack, announcing a carriage deal with the CW Network. FierceBroadcasting article

Facing lawsuits over livestreaming glitches during last Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, Showtime has offered refunds to select customers who paid $89.95 (or $99.95 for high-definition) to watch the fight via the network’s app. FierceBroadcasting article

Supplying further testimony that the current virtual MVPD market is very, very volatile, nScreenMedia analyst Colin Dixon took at look at YouTube TV economics and determined the new virtual service is losing quite a bit of money. By Dixon’s tally, YouTube is paying about $35.72 for each $35 YouTube TV subscription in content cost alone. FierceCable article

Delivering to the linear pay-TV industry a rather conclusive marker as to what devices companies should be developing OTT and multiscreen apps for, Parks Associates said that Roku now controls 37% of the market for streaming players in the U.S. FierceCable article

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