It may change how WWE fans view their favorite wrestling highlights.
Stephanie McMahon’s organization broadcast live events across the United States via Peacock, USA Network and FOX.
But many fans get their wrestling fix from Hulu, which delivers highlights and holds the “next-day rights” for Raw and Smackdown.
The streaming service currently has a deal with WWE that will see them broadcast highlights from Raw, NXT, Main Event, SmackDown, Total Div and Total Bellas.
Hulu’s contract with WWE is reportedly set to expire on Saturday, September 25 – and all content will be removed from the platform after that date.
Currently, almost all WWE content on the platform has an “Exp. Saturday [expiring Saturday] flag next to it.
The two parties are reportedly hoping to reach an agreement before the weekend.
According to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, “The two sides are still trying to negotiate a new deal for rights on Day Two and talks are ongoing.”
Hulu has hosted WWE shows since 2012 and the platform can show exclusive highlights for 30 days before arriving at Peacock’s arrival.
They currently have an estimated 46 million subscribers and are primarily owned by Disney, with NBCUniversal owning the remaining 33 percent stake.
Fans took to social media after the news broke – and many were unfazed that Hulu may lose its current rights.
One wrote, “If they leave Hulu I won’t have a chance to watch Smackdown because I have an antenna and no way to record it.”
Another said: “whoa whoa WHAT come on again!?!?!?!
A third added: “It’s the only way I see it. I can’t advertise and I refuse to go back.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6264008/wwe-hulu-streaming-deal/ WWE fans braced themselves for major changes in the way they watch shows as the organization loses a key broadcast partner