NBC's Streaming Service Peacock: New Originals, Cost And Launch Date

You can watch Peacock for free, with ads.


Just months away from national release, NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock will combine movies, TV shows, news, and sports from multiple movie studios and TV networks, along with plenty of original content. Additionally, the service will be free and ad-supported. Here's everything we recently learned about Peacock from an investor meeting, including what original shows will be appearing.

During the presentation, chairman of NBCUniversal Steve Burke opened discussing what type of platform the new streaming service will be. He noted that Peacock will fit into an ad-supported business model with premium content, much like an ad-supported Hulu--something Burke did not mention during the opening of the presentation.

As for the launch of Peacock, Comcast subscribers will get it first, as it begins to roll out on April 15, and it will be included at no additional cost. In July, all tiers for the streaming service will be launched nationwide on multiple platforms, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics coverage. The service will arrive internationally at a later date.

Later, chairman of Peacock and NBCUniversal Enterprises Matt Strauss announced that Peacock will be available free. However, there will be various tiers for customers to choose from, which you can see below.

Peacock tiers and cost:

  • Free: 7,500 hours of ad-supported programming. Includes current seasons of TV shows, movies, TV classics, news and sports, Hispanic, streaming channels, and more.
  • $5 a month: 15,000 hours of ad-supported programming. Includes everything in previous tier, plus original series, 4K/UHD viewing, premium moves, full tent-pole series, and more.
  • $10 a month: Everything in previous tiers, without ads.

It's important to note that original series are not included in the free tier, so don't expect to watch that Saved By The Bell revival, unless you plan on paying for the service. Additionally, the $5 tier will be bundled free for Xfinity, Xfinity Flex, and Cox customers. As far as ads go, users will be limited to five minutes of ads per hour, and that is less than traditional network and cable TV, which is around 16 minutes per hour.

One video presentation showcased the many movies and shows that will be a part of Peacock from TV hits like The Office, Parks & Recreation, Saturday Night Live, Murder She Wrote, Xena: Warrior Princess, and more. Additionally, movies like Shrek, Minions, and Fast & Furious were shown as well. Reality TV was also highlighted, with shows like WWE's Total Divas appearing, a USA Network property, which falls under the NBCUniversal umbrella.

In addition to VOD programming, including movies, TV, and original content, Strauss said "daily, current, and even live content will be streamed." So you may be able to watch the news, as it airs on the network, on Peacock.

More information on original series was revealed as well. Here's what we learned about the new shows.

New Peacock original series:

  • Hart to Heart - An interview series featuring Kevin Hart.
  • Girls 5 Eva - Tina Fey will write the new comedy, which is about a girl group "getting the band back together."
  • Brave New World - Based on Aldous Huxley's novel, Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay and Demi Moore star in this sci-fi series about a futuristic utopian society.
  • Angelyne - A docuseries about a woman in LA who drives around in a pink Cadillac and gets people to pay her to hang out with her.
  • Battlestar Galactica - Sam Esmail briefly talked about the rebooted series. There wasn't a lot of new insight, but there were lots of clips shown from the Syfy series.
  • Saved by the Bell - This new series takes place modern day, where Zack Morris is mayor of California, and the show follows a new batch of students at Bayside High School.
  • Rutherford Falls - Ed Helms stars in the scripted comedy about a man trying to change his life, whose town is named after his family.
  • Division One - Produced by Amy Poehler, the comedic series follows a women's college soccer team.
  • Expecting - Produced by Mindy Kaling, the series follows a woman who asks her gay friend to be a sperm donor.
  • MacGruber -Will Forte was announced to reprise the role of the MacGuyver-parody.
  • The Kids Tonight Show - It's the Tonight Show, with kids doing the interviewing.
  • A.P. Bio - The NBC series will move to Peacock for its third season.
  • The Amber Ruffin Show - A weekly, stripped-down late show, hosted by Amber Ruffin.

Peacock launches for Xfinity and Cox customers in April. A nation-wide launch will happen this July.

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