Despite constant talks of WWE getting its own television channel off the ground in the form of The WWE Network, the company continues cutting deals with broadcast partners to distribute its content across different platforms.
The latest of which is a partnership with Hulu Plus, a monthly subscription service Wikipedia describes as "offering ad-supported on-demand streaming video of TV shows, movies, webisodes and other new media, trailers, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage from NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, Nickelodeon, and many other networks and studios."
From the WWE press release:
WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced an exclusive, multi-year agreement that will bring WWE programming to Hulu Plus. Starting today, Hulu Plus will offer WWE fans unlimited instant streaming access, additional content and programming on-the-go, as it becomes the exclusive home for next-day access to all WWE TV programming. Hulu Plus subscribers can also go to Hulu Latino to see WWE's popular digital show, WWE En Español, the Spanish-language magazine program that recaps WWE's most exciting moments each week.
Hulu Plus delivers one more way for WWE fans to access content and experience the WWE, offering the chance to relive or catch up on all of the action from WWE's weekly television programs the next day. Subscribers can access content across mobile phones, tablets, PCs, internet-connected TVs, set-top boxes and gaming consoles. In addition, the Hulu Plus subscription service offers hit TV shows and award-winning movies anytime in HD when available for $7.99/month.
"As a clear leader in digital content delivery, Hulu is an ideal partner for WWE," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. "Hulu delivers more ways for our fans to experience WWE programming than ever before."
"Next-day access" makes clear that shows like Monday Night Raw, Friday Night Smackdown, and perhaps even Saturday Morning Slam will all be available for consumption on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday, respectively. No word on how this will or will not affect the planned launch date for the Network, which is still up in the air and seemingly more in doubt every day.