Peacock TV: Cost, app, shows and more NBC streaming service details
NBC Peacock TV: Cheat sheet
• Peacock is a streaming service that offers a free tier, news, sports and NBC’s extensive back catalogue of TV shows.
• Peacock is free with ads, though you get more content with the $4.99 (ads) and $9.99 (no ads … well, some ads) plans
• Peacock exclusives include the entirety of The Office
Peacock TV is flying high right now, since it’s one of the places you can watch the Tokyo Olympics live streams online. The streaming service also has popular exclusives like The Office and Harry Potter movies. But the crown jewel right now is the Olympics. The streamer has placed a big bet on sports in general and it’s also the home to Premier League games and WWE on Peacock.
Peacock may be relatively new to the streaming landscape, but it’s got a lot to offer. We’ve analyzed Peacock from all angles, including the shows available to watch now and coming soon, plus how good its originals are (check out Girls5eva). Oh, and don’t think Peacock is just NBC and Universal — it offers licensed movies and shows, too.
In addition to more than 600 movies and 400 shows, the new streaming service will offer live and on-demand content across news, sports and late night.
Here’s what we know so far about NBCUniversal’s Peacock TV service.
- You might be able to access Peacock outside the US with a free VPN
Peacock TV cost and pricing info
Times are tough and our pockets are getting tighter, so it’s good that Peacock TV starts free and works its way up to a premium service.
Peacock Free, the free and ad-supported streaming tier, houses 7,500 hours of programming. That includes next-day access to current seasons of freshman broadcast series; select episodes of marquee Peacock originals and tent-pole series; complete classic series; popular movies; curated daily news and sports programming such as the Olympics; and Spanish-language content. Peacock’s free streaming service will also feature genre channels such as “SNL Vault,” Family Movie Night” and “Olympic Profiles.”
Peacock Premium is $4.99 per month if you don’t have Comcast, and those subscribers will pay $9.99 per month to get Peacock Premium Plus without most ads. Those with a Comcast subscription get Peacock Premium for free.
Oh and about the $9.99 per month Peacock Premium Plus. It takes away “most” commercials, but Peacock Premium Plus isn’t completely ad-free. According to the fine print, it still serves advertisements in “a small amount of programming” which includes Peacock channels, events and a few shows and movies.
Both Premium tiers will have access to 15,000 hours of programming, including next-day streaming of all current broadcast shows; the entire series of The Office; full seasons of originals like Mindy Kaling’s Expecting and Sam Esmail’s Battlestar Galactica reboot; early streaming of NBC’s late-night lineup. Live sports (such as the returning Premiere League football) and the Olympics (in 2021) will be on both tiers.
Check out more details in our Peacock Free vs Premium face-off.
Peacock TV apps and devices
The Peacock TV app is available on most major streaming devices. The big exception is Fire TV (sticks, boxes and smart TVs running the platform).
Peacock is also on Roku, gaming consoles and select smart TVs. Here’s the list of which devices are compatible with the Peacock app:
- Android mobile devices
- Android TV
- Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD
- Apple mobile devices
- Google Chromecast
- Comcast Xfinity X1
- Comcast Xfinity Flex
- LG Smart TVs
- Sony PlayStation 4 and PS5
- Microsoft Xbox One, Series X and S
- Vizio SmartCast TVs
Peacock TV free trial
When you sign up for Peacock Premium, you’ll be offered a 7-day free trial, no matter if you want the $4.99 or $9.99 tier. The former has three to five minutes of ads per hour, while the latter is mostly ad-free (some programs must contractually play commercials, though).
Peacock TV shows and originals
Peacock originals are led by reboots of Saved By the Bell and Punky Brewster. Both of them feature cast members from the original series as well as new generation stars.
Originals that debuted with Peacock’s launch include adaptation of A Brave New World; and conspiracy thriller The Capture; and the British comedy Intelligence, starring David Schwimmer (Friends). The original film Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, which brought back James Roday and Dule Hill back to TV.
Check out our every Peacock original show and movie ranked guide to see which of these are actually worth your time.
Peacock TV classic shows and movies
Much like Disney Plus, Peacock’s biggest weapons (for now) are in its vault. Peacock offers a ton of titles from the library of NBC and its sister networks. That includes beloved sitcoms like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, as well as Saturday Night Live, and Cheers. There’s also a lot of older programming for going retro, including The Johnny Carson Show, The Carol Burnett Show and The Greatest American Hero.
At the beginning of 2021, Peacock also added the entire series of The Office. The first two seasons are available to Peacock Free user, but you’ll need to pay for Premium or Premium Plus to watch all of the seasons as well as bonus content.
You also get a ton of Law & Order shows in a strong mix of drama programming that includes Friday Night Lights, House and Battlestar Galactica (the original, not the upcoming series). Also Parenthood and Monk, as well as other older shows such as Murder She Wrote, Columbo and The Rockford Files.
Reality TV is getting space on Peacock, bringing The Real Housewives of Dallas, Bethenny Ever After, Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Very Cavallari and WAGS (and many more) to the streaming service.
Obsessed with True Crime? Peacock’s got Forensic Files, Unsolved Mysteries, Aaron Hernandez Uncovered, The Case of Caylee Anthony, Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway and many more.
And then there are the movies. You’ve got blockbusters including the entire Harry Potter film franchise, action films like the John Wick movies, dramas including Children of Men, romances like Fifty Shades of Grey and comedies such as The Nutty Professor.
Plenty of kids content too: Peacock will pack in new and exclusive episodes of Curious George, Where’s Waldo? and Cleopatra in Space, as well as shows from the library including including Woody Woodpecker, Top Chef Jr., New Adventures of He-Man
The big bad news: You might think of Friends as an NBC show, but it’s on HBO Max.
What’s up with that? Oh, and Peacock is also lacking Seinfeld, which is currently on Hulu. Its absence is utterly perplexing.
Peacock TV talk shows
Unlike Netflix, HBO Max and Hulu, Peacock will have nightly talk shows, with access to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers.
Oh, and Peacock will have its own late night talk shows, that aren’t just pickups from NBC. Those series will include the Amber Ruffin Show, starring the titular writer and performer known for her time on Detroiters and Drunk History. There’s also an Untitled Larry Wilmore Show, which will see the former The Daily Show correspondent focus on the 2020 election and the topics of the week.
And at some point, Peacock Premium subscribers will supposedly get to watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers” three and a half hours early.
Peacock TV sports programming
Peacock is trying to differentiate itself from the pack by pushing hard on sports. Not only will it have the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, there will be complete coverage of the build up to the 2022 winter games.
Peacock is now the exclusive live streaming home of the series PFT Live with Mike Florio, which adapts the site Profootballtalk.com into a sports talk show. Chris Simms, Peter King and Rodney Harrison have stayed on.
The streamer also exclusive rights to the WWE.
Over the span of the 2020-21 season, Peacock Premium will be the exclusive home (in the U.S.) for more than 175 Premier League matches.
Peacock TV reviews
In our Peacock review, we noted that Peacock is great for watching classic TV, and we were delighted by how Xfinity customers get Peacock Premium for free. That being said, the lack of originals and a sparse “trending” section made it feel a little hollow.
Over at CNET, they commended the service for its free tier, having fewer ads than Hulu, and its inclusion of news and late-night shows (two things that the other streaming services don’t offer). Overall, though, CNET was negative about the service because of the lack of originals and how its back catalogue was missing many seasons of some key shows, such as Saturday Night Live, and regular Law and Order.
The folks at Decider say that “Everything is fine” for Peacock, but “there are many, many miles to go,” (emphasis theirs). Decider also joined the chorus that say they’ll “likely never use Trending,”
Peacock TV ads
NBC is pretty confident in its ad-supported approach because it’s going low on the amount of ads — with only five minutes per hour at the most. Yes, we all love to fast-forward through commercials to get to TV, if said TV is free, the success of Pluto TV shows that NBC is onto something here.
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