WWE programming is not leaving Hulu at the initially suspected date.
Subscribers to the streaming platform noticed that WWE-produced content was marked as expiring on September 25th or 26th, with their social media team confirming that streaming rights are set to expire in the near future. Since the update on September 21st, a new report has given an update on the agreement between the two companies.
As reported by PWInsider, content that was set to expire imminently now reads as expiring within 7-14 days depending on the content. It would appear that the two parties have agreed on a short-term extension as details are still being finalised.
Hulu currently streams weekly episodes of Raw, SmackDown and NXT along with archived shows such as 205 Live and Total Bellas.
WWE Agrees New Media Rights Deal For SmackDown
The news of Hulu’s uncertainty for future content came on the same day that it was confirmed that SmackDown will not be broadcast on FOX in 2024. Following the expiration of the 5-year partnership, Friday Night SmackDown will return to the USA Network in October of next year.
Following the merger with The Endeavour Group to create TKO Holdings, cost-cutting measures have been made in an attempt to make the new merger as profitable as possible. It has been speculated to cut down travel costs that Raw may move away from Monday nights as part of the new deal so that production costs are minimised.