WWE has been looking for foreign partners to forge deals for WWE Network distribution similar to the one they have with Peacock in the United States. Many fans were turned off by the idea. Complaints about missing content and poor-quality streams have been rampant since WWE partnered with NBC Universal on the streaming deal.

The latest such deals sees WWE partnering with a global entertainment behemoth, according to The Sports Business Journal. The WWE Network content for Indonesia will be available on Disney+ Hotstar starting with this year’s Royal Rumble premium live event. WWE has previously done business with Disney in Latin America after the company purchased Fox.

Discussions have also taken place with BT Sports in the UK. It appears WWE is looking to use the Peacock model going forward. That would mean the company wouldn’t have to deal with the overhead expenses of maintaining infrastructure for a streaming network.

The shift from in-house streaming to a content provider model has proven successful in the United States. Millions of Peacock subscribers have watched WWE content since the change was made. WWE is hoping to have the same luck in foreign markets.

WWE president Nick Khan expects the company to make huge money on streaming rights deals in the future. With major players like Disney involved, that could prove true. Indonesia could be the first of many steps.

Fans will have to wait to see what the future holds for the WWE Network in other territories. Those who enjoy the current version of the international WWE Network may be on borrowed time. WWE is going global in their effort to increase revenues from their vast content library.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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