Early in April with it’s limited launch to the selected Comcast customers, finally, Peacock Streaming Service has been officially launched by NBCUniversal on July 15th. Apart from the streaming market, another big player that has joined the OTT arena in the USA – The major trendsetter market since the rise of Netflix in the early 90s. As we already have seen the launch of Disney+ and Apple+ in the recent past, so now the streaming war is on its peak which is already invaded by Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Disney plus, Apple tv plus, Amazon prime and the entry of Peacock is a bit delayed in the crowded market of more than two dozen streaming services in the USA air, surely it’s going to have a big challenge to break through to customers.
Well, Peacock Streaming Service is a completely free, ad-supported tier that will offer thousands of hours of content to customers. So, first of all, you do not have to worry for the next few months about the subscription charges if you are comfortable watching your movies and web series with the ad interruption.
So, it will make a sense to hundreds and thousands of viewers to know what’s there in Peacock’s offer? Let’s check what NBCU has with its new feather.
The platform and interface
During the investor unveiling of Peacock, NBCUniversal executives described the streaming service as “like a broadcast network.” That may sound odd for a streaming platform, but considering the amount of live content, the characterization makes some sense.
At launch, the service will offer a mix of exclusive shows, on-demand classics, and live content. The premiere live event at launch was supposed to have been the 2020 Olympics coverage, but with the postponement of the games until 2021, those plans have changed.
When subscribers open the app, they can search in two sections: Channels and Browse. In the Channels section, video plays automatically in the background — much like the current channel plays when you search the TV guide with a cable subscription — while subscribers scroll through a list of live and themed “virtual channels.” They can select from various TV shows, as well as current news, sports, and curated movie hubs.
- For Xfinity customers, the Channels section blends the aforementioned programming with cable content.
Cost of Peacock Streaming Service
There are three types of plans in the Peacock Tv, each plan determines what content you’ll get and how many ads you’ll see.
Base Plan: The good news is, the base plan of Peacock is a completely free, ad-supported, but it is the more limited version of the service. The ad-supported version that will include about 7,500 hours of programming. This tier includes full runs of older series, movies, daily news, and sports programming (including the Olympics); Spanish-language content; and samples of select Peacock original programming. It will also include access to curated genre channels like SNL Vault, Family Movie Night, and Olympic Profiles. Content at this tier will not be available in 4K/HDR, though.
Peacock Premium Tier: The other is Peacock Premium tier plan, a $4.99-per-month subscription that includes more than double the content of the base plan, makes the entire library of Peacock content available to subscribers in an ad-supported model. It is available to Comcast Xfinity TV and broadband subscribers (via Flex) as well as Cox Communications’ video customers for no additional charge.
Peacock’s exclusive original shows, next-day episodes of current NBC series, and more live programming, including Premier League soccer and early access to NBC late-night show and full access to Peacock Original Series. In addition, a larger library of new, classic, and licensed content (approximately 15,000 hours total). All versions of the Premium tier will stream content in 4K/HDR. But while it’ll offer much more content, it’ll still have ads.
Premium Ad-Free Plan: Unless, of course, you shell out for the $9.99 version of Peacock, Premium Ad-Free, which offers the same content as Peacock Premium but without ads. But even the Ad-Free plan isn’t totally ad-free: the company warns that “due to streaming rights, a small amount of programming — Peacock channels, events, and a few shows and movies — will still contain ads.”
Both paid plans also offer annual subscriptions, at discounted rates of $49.99 per year for Premium and $99.99 per year for Premium Ad-Free.
The content is king
The competition for exclusive content among streaming services has been fierce, and NBCUniversal confirmed quite a few high-profile projects for Peacock. At launch, Peacock offers a wide range of movies and series, as well as live and on-demand news, sports, late-night, and reality content.
In many cases, Peacock Free offers a selection of episodes from popular series, while the full run of the series is available to Peacock Premium and Premium Plus subscribers.
Late-night content on Peacock Streaming Service
Peacock Premium and Premium Plus feature live late-night content and will debut a new family-friendly late-night show from Jimmy Fallon. At the investor unveiling, it was also revealed that early late night will also be available on Peacock, as new episodes of NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers will be available on Peacock Premium at 8 p.m. ET every night.
Combo of classic and current TV
It seems the NBCUniversal content team had a good brainstorming to select the content. They have prepared a perfect blend of classic and current TV shows.
The following shows have full seasons — and in some cases, complete series — available on Peacock:
- The Office
- 30 Rock
- Parks and Recreation
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Downton Abbey
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- Friday Night Lights
- Will & Grace
- The King of Queens
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
All 44 seasons of Saturday Night Live are available on Peacock Premium at launch, with the current and subsequent seasons also available after the season ends on NBC. Not all of the shows listed above are available on the service at launch, however. For example, Peacock won’t be acquiring streaming rights to The Office from Netflix until 2021.
Peacock Premium and Premium Plus users are also able to stream new episodes of NBC and Telemundo content like This Is Us, Superstore, Law and Order: SVU, Operación Pacífico, and World of Dance the day after they air. Most previously aired current season episodes will also be available.
Classic movies on Peacock Tv
Peacock will offer more than 600 films in its first year after launch, drawing from the libraries of Universal, DreamWorks, and Illumination.
New (and newish) shows
NBCUniversal has plans to bring reboots or revivals of several popular series to Peacock, often with ties to existing older shows and films available on the service or through one of the company’s broadcast networks or film studios.
The current list of series orders includes:
- The Amber Ruffin Show, a weekly late-night talk show starring Amber Ruffin and executive produced by Seth Meyers
- Angelyne, a limited series based on The Hollywood Reporter feature that explored the identity of LA’s mysterious billboard bombshell, starring Emmy Rossum
- The third season of sitcom A.P. Bio
- Armas de Mujer, a dramedy from the creators of Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur
- A new series within Battlestar Galactica mythology from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail
- Brave New World, an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, starring Demi Moore and Alden Ehrenreich
- The Capture, a conspiracy thriller that includes themes of misinformation and surveillance
- Code 404, a drama about a police officer who is brought back from death by an experimental A.I. project
- Dr. Death, a drama starring Alec Baldwin, Jamie Dornan, and Christian Slater
- Five Bedrooms, a comedy that brings together unexpected allies who take risks to find an interesting solution
- Girls 5Eva, a comedy from Tina Fey
- Hitmen, a comedy about two broke BFFs who only have each other
- Intelligence, a workplace sitcom set in the U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters, starring David Schwimmer
- Lady Parts, a musical comedy following a Muslim female punk band called Lady Parts
- A reboot of the Punky Brewster sitcom
- Rutherford Falls, a comedy series from Mike Schur (The Good Place, Parks and Recreation), starring Ed Helms
- A revival and pseudo-reboot of Saved By the Bell that already has some of the original series’s cast members attached
- Who Wrote That, a documentary series from Lorne Michaels exploring some of the most memorable Saturday Night Live sketches
Some of the new projects currently in development for Peacock include the following:
- Clean Slate, a comedy from Norman Lear, starring Laverne Cox
- Division One, a comedy from Amy Poehler
- Expecting, a comedy from Mindy Kaling
- Hatching Twitter, a docuseries from New York Times bestselling author and Vanity Fair special correspondent Nick Bilton
- A Queer as Folk reboot from writer, director, and executive producer Stephen Dunn
- A series adaptation of Will Forte’s MacGruber film
- A reboot (or spinoff/revival) of The Office
- Straight Talk, a psychological drama starring Jada Pinkett Smith, with Rashida Jones executive producing and directing the pilot
- The Adventure Zone, based on the McElroy Family’s wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons
- A new spinoff of The Real Housewives series
Among the films currently available in Peacock’s library are a few original movies, including Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, a sequel to Psych: The Movie, based on the series of the same name. Peacock also has a deal with NBCUniversal’s DreamWorks Animation to produce original animated features for the streaming service.
News and sports
Peacock and Peacock Premium (and Premium Plus) users have access to varying levels of live news, same-day rebroadcasts, curated news shorts, and 2020 election coverage from NBC News, Sky News, MSNBC, and CNBC.
Peacock plans to provide access to live coverage of major events in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (which have been delayed to summer 2021), as well as analyst commentary, athlete profiles, and more. Peacock Premium users can also stream 2,000 hours of Premier League programming, including more than 140 live matches. Peacock will also cover golf’s Ryder Cup, with live coverage of featured holes and groups.
Peacock also features thousands of hours of original documentaries, curated clips, and more.
Original sports programming includes:
- Dream Team 2020, a docuseries following the USA Men’s Basketball team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
- The Greatest Race, recounting swimmer Michael Phelps’ epic comeback in the 4×100 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
- Hot Water: In Deep with Ryan Lochte, a documentary on U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, whose career was overshadowed by scandal
- Run Through the Line, based loosely on Nike CEO Phil Knight’s autobiography Shoe Dog
- United States of Speed, chronicling American sprinters throughout history
- A NASCAR series created and hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
One of the ways Peacock is innovating is with virtual channels, which provide users with 24/7 feeds of curated content. By the end of 2020, Peacock users will have access to dozens of virtual channels, including:
- Art House
- Family Movie Night
- Get Spooked
- L&O DUN DUN (Law & Order all the time)
- Latino Now by Telemundo
- Laugh It Out
- Peacock Kids
- Peacock Sports
- Rotten Tomatoes
Important FAQ about Peacock TV
Does Peacock still be free for Xfinity customers?
Astute readers will note that NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast, which also provides Xfinity internet and TV services. Xfinity customers have already had access to an early version of the service for weeks. The company will be continuing to leverage that corporate synergy as a key part of Peacock’s launch, offering free access to the Peacock Premium service to Xfinity Internet or Digital Starter TV customers. Plus, Xfinity customers will be able to upgrade their free Peacock Premium plan to Premium Ad-Free by paying $4.99 per month.
Cox subscribers will also be able to leverage that deal, with access to free Peacock Premium. NBCUniversal is working on enabling similar deals with other cable and internet providers in the future, with the goal of offering free service to as many customers as possible.
What content can I stream on Peacock?
The Peacock service will offer access to more than 20,000 hours of content drawing on the vast back catalogs of NBC shows. Many top shows and movies will be available on the free tier, including 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Psych, Monk, Battlestar Galactica, Downton Abbey, Suits, Royal Pains, Columbo, The Matrix series, Phantom Thread, the Bourne films, Jurassic Park franchise, and more. (Notably absent at launch will be The Office, as Netflix still holds streaming rights for that series through the end of 2020. It’ll arrive on Peacock in 2021.)
Peacock Premium will expand that library with even more content, including Two and a Half Men, House, Frasier, Cheers, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Ray Donovan, and the Shrek films. The paid tiers will also feature Peacock Originals: original shows and movies that will be exclusive to the service. Major titles at launch will include Brave New World (based on the Aldous Huxley novel), Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, The Capture, and Intelligence, but there are plenty more on the way, including Punky Brewster, Battlestar Galactica, and Saved By The Bell reboots.
There’s also a big focus on live content with Peacock. NBC will be offering curated live news and sports content, including a 24-hour NBC News channel and (eventually) a big emphasis on the Olympics (whenever the event ends up happening). Peacock Premium will also include Premier League soccer games and early, 8PM access to NBC’s late-night shows like Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (whenever those shows return to studios).
Where is Peacock available?
Right now, Peacock is only available in the United States at launch. NBCUniversal has yet to announce plans for future countries.
What devices can I watch Peacock on?
NBCUniversal was slow to confirm Peacock’s availability on anything beyond Comcast customers’ Flex TV streaming box or Xfinity X1 cable box, on which it first became available April 15.
As of July 15, when the service launched nationally, it is available on Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, as well as Apple devices, including the Android, Android TV, Chromecast, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K, and Apple TV HD.
Peacock is currently also available on Vizio SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TV. It’ll have an app released for the PlayStation 4 during the week of July 20th. There’s also a desktop web player for streaming on Mac, Windows, and Chromebook devices.
The service is also available on a variety of web browsers, including recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, MS Edge, and Safari, as well as Android tablets. Newer models of Android TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Vizio TVs with SmartCast will also be able to install the Peacock app, along with Chromecast-enabled devices.
The service will also be available on Sony’s PlayStation 4 game console on July 20.
Notably missing from that list: Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku, neither of which can access Peacock for now. NBCUniversal has indicated on its Peacock Twitter account that it’s in talks with Amazon while directing disappointed Roku customers to “squawk” at the set-top box company to add the service.
Can I share a Peacock account with friends and family?
Peacock supports a maximum of three concurrent streams, so you can share an account. There’s no support for profiles at launch, but Peacock will offer a basic PIN system for parental controls that will lock mature content behind a password.
What resolution will Peacock content be offered in?
Right now, Peacock will only stream in HD, with more premium options like 4K video, HDR, or Dolby Atmos not available at launch. The company is looking to add them in the future, though.
Can you watch Peacock shows offline?
Peacock won’t have offline downloads at launch for its mobile apps, although NBCUniversal is promising that the feature will be added in the future.
How do I sign up?
Peacock can be signed up for through the Peacock website or through the various Peacock apps on your service of choice.