NBC's Peacock TV streaming service is just weeks away from its full launch. Yes, yet another new streaming service is joining the already-busy market. This one will boast the might of all of Comcast's NBCUniversal brands, including NBC and Universal Studios films.
Plus, as recently announced, Peacock will feature licensed content from ViacomCBS, including TV hits like Ray Donovan and The Affair and movies from the Paramount library like The Godfather trilogy. We've got a ton more details about the service, including shows available at (or near) launch, where the service is available in this stage of the launch, and which tier of the service is starting now.
- The best streaming devices for optimal binge-watching
- The Peacock TV shows and movies to look forward to
- What's the difference between NBC Peacock Free vs Premium?
Plus, we're still keeping track of all Peacock shows and movies planned for the service, which include one down note, as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will have to wait until 2021.
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 NBC’s Peacock TV service, including its release date, pricing and shows.
NBC’s Peacock launch date
The true Peacock release date is a little over a week away, on July 15. Not only will that open Peacock up to everyone (not just limited to Comcast Xfinity subscribers) but it's also when Peacock's original shows launch. The biggest of these series will be Brave New World, an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s sci-fi novel, starring Bernard Marx (Game of Thrones), Lenina Crowne (Downton Abbey) and Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The initial release of the Peacock streaming service began on April 15, as an exclusive for Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex customers. Peacock will be exclusive to the U.S. for now, but Sky customers in the U.K. are supposed to get Peacock eventually.
NBC’s Peacock apps and streaming devices
At this moment, you might want to make sure you have more than a couple of streaming devices if you want to put Peacock on your TV. A little over a week before the streaming service's nation-wide launch on July 15, Roku and Amazon Fire TV are still missing from the Peacock apps and supported devices list.
Throughout May and June, NBCUniversal announced a series of devices (the full list can be found below), and even revealed that Android and Android TV users get free Peacock Premium until Oct. 15, 2020.
In terms of app integration, Peacock will grace all of Apple's hardware, and it will be "fully integrated with the Apple TV App."
In summary, here's the list of where Peacock will stream on July 15:
- Android TV
- Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD
- Comcast Xfinity X1
- Comcast Xfinity Flex
- iPod touch
- LG Smart TVs
- Xbox One S and Xbox One X
- Vizio SmartCast TVs
During its initial rollout Peacock is available within Comcast devices that customers already own, including X1 and Flex hardware.
NBC's Peacock 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,"
NBC's Peacock prices
Times are tough and our pockets are getting tighter, so it's good that Peacock starts as a freebie and works its way up to a premium service.
Peacock Free, the free and ad-supported streaming tier, will house 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 starts at $4.99 per month if you don't have Comcast, and those subscribers will pay $9.99 per month to get Peacock Premium without ads. Those with a Comcast subscription get Peacock Premium for free, and can pay $5 per month to remove those ads.
Both tiers will have access to 15,000 hours of programming, including next-day streaming of all current broadcast shows; 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.
NBC's Peacock shows and movies
In addition to the aforementioned Brave New World, other Peacock originals include The Capture, a conspiracy thriller chock full of espionage and questionable news, starring Callum Turner (War & Peace), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), and Famke Janssen (X-Men). For laughs, there's the UK series Intelligence, which sees David Schwimmer (Friends) as NSA agent Jerry Bernstein, who joins the cyber crime fighting team across the pond, and it doesn't go swimmingly. There's also the film Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, bringing James Roday and Dule Hill back to TV.
There's even sports content to try and fill the void of leagues on hiatus. In Deep With Ryan Lochte is an examination of the disgraced olympian trying to redeem himself. Dale Earnhardt Jr. hosts Lost Speedways, a docuseries about the iconic racing stadiums of years past.
New series Cleopatra In Space, and original shows starring Curious George and Where's Waldo round out the kids content.
But much like Disney Plus, Peacock's biggest weapons (for now) are in its vault. Peacock will start off by offering lots from the library of NBC and its sister networks' classic shows. 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.
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 mega-blockbusters like the Jurassic Park franchise and E.T., as well as hits including Meet the Parents, Schindler’s List and Shrek. I'm more excited about films such as Lost in Translation, Reservoir Dogs, Children of Men and Moonrise Kingdom.
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
Late Night TV without waiting: Looking for what Peacock has over current cable TV? Peacock Premium will have advance access to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers, which arrive three and a half hours early.
We're gonna have to wait for some stuff: The Office arrives on on Peacock in 2021, and the Peacock Originals are scheduled for later this year (and into 2021). Those series include a new adaptation of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, A.P. Bio, Dr. Death, and Real Housewives Mash-up.
Plus they're making all of those remakes you've heard of, for Saved By the Bell and Battlestar Galactica, which have TBA release dates. The Fast & Furious library is also expected to hit Peacock at some point.
One interesting bonus for Peacock Premium subscribers: They can watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Myers" three and a half hours early. No need to stay up for late night!
The big bad news: You might think of Friends as an NBC show, but it's already destined to arrive on HBO Max in May.
What's up with that? Oh, and Peacock is also lacking Seinfeld, which is currently on Hulu. Its absence is utterly perplexing.
NBC's Peacock ads
NBC is pretty confident in its ad-supported approach because it's going low on the amount of ads -- with only 5 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.