WWE content has been on multiple streaming services for the past several years. Now the contract for one of their current deals is about to expire in the coming days.
According to PW Insider, all WWE content on Hulu will be pulled on Saturday, September 25th because the deal for next-day rights for Raw & SmackDown will expire. Other WWE shows such as NXT, Main Event, Total Divas, and Total Bellas are in the mix to be pulled too.
The majority of WWE content on Hulu has an ‘Exp. Sat’ flag as well. Talks are still going on in order to negotiate a new deal.
Hulu is primarily owned by Disney and NBCUniversal owns the remaining stake. Both Disney and NBCUniversal are partners with WWE to varying degrees. WWE has been in a business relationship with Hulu since 2012.
During past investor calls, co-CEO of WWE Nick Khan spoke about the company’s rights involving the second-day rights for Raw and SmackDown. Khan believes multiple bidders for WWE content as streaming services get more involved in the mix in the years ahead.
Thirsty will monitor the situation. Going to be an interesting story.
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