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NBCUniveral's Peacock Streaming Service Has Arrived, But Not For Everyone

Many original TV shows are being pushed back, but you can still access a lot of Peacock's content now... if you're a Comcast subscriber.


For those of you who are excited for the latest streaming service to arrive--NBCUniversal's Peacock--the wait is over, kind of. Today, Peacock launched for some people, but don't expect to be able to watch all of the service's original content right away.

While not everyone can access the new service, Xfinity customers will be able to use Peacock at no cost on the Flex 4K system through the cable/internet provider. This will be the premium ad-supported tier--listed below--and there will be a full rollout for all Comcast subscribers by April 30.

Peacock's premium tier will have more than 15,000 hours of TV shows and movies to kick things off, from Parks and Recreation to Jurassic Park and more. There are a plethora of original programs coming as well. However, the majority of them are being delated until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Variety.

"The majority of our original productions have been paused," Matt Strauss, chairman of Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, told reporters on a call. "This will materially limit our original slate at launch and through 2020."

Peacock has quite a few highly-anticipated original series headed to the service. This includes the MacGruber TV series, which will see Will Forte reprise his role as the MacGuyver parody. There is also a new Saved By The Bell and Battlestar Galactica shows on the way too. Aside from that, Peacock has plenty of other original series coming--many of which are comedies.

Below, you'll find the tier descriptions and cost for Peacock, which ranges from free to $10 a month.

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.

If you don't have Comcast, Peacock will launch everywhere as a standalone app sometime in July.

And speaking of things you should be watching, consider listening to GameSpot's weekly TV series and movies-focused podcast, You Should Be Watching. With new episodes premiering every Wednesday, you can watch a video version of the podcast over on GameSpot Universe or listen to audio versions on Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts.

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