Peacock is here. Peacock is the last of the major 2020 streaming services to launch. He wants to combine NBC's shows, Universal's films, and the original content into a single service that focuses on curated live content than almost any other competing service.
But Peacock is late for a very crowded party that's already filled with Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, CBS All Access, HBO Max, Apple TV Plus, and Amazon Prime Video – which means it will be a big challenge to do this to break up to customers.
However, Peacock has a trick up its sleeve: a completely free, ad-financed tier that offers customers thousands of hours of content.
Would you like to try it out? Here's everything you need to know about getting started with Peacock.
(Disclosure: Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, is also an investor in Vox Media. The edgeParent company.)
How much does Peacock cost?
Peacock has three levels that determine what content you get and how many ads you see.
What is unique is that the basic level of Peacock is a completely free, ad-financed, more limited version of the service. It will contain approximately 13,000 hours of NBCUniversal content, including classic shows such as 30 rock, Sample episodes of Peacock's original shows and new episodes of NBC shows that are currently airing one week after they air.
Next up is Peacock Premium, a $ 4.99 per month subscription that goes beyond double the base plan, Peacock's exclusive original shows, episodes of the current NBC series the next day, and other live programs (including Premier League football and Early Access) includes late night shows on NBC). It offers a lot more content, but it still offers ads.
Unless, of course, you pay for the $ 9.99 version of Peacock, Premium Ad-Free, which offers the same content as Peacock Premium, but without advertising. But it's not the ad-free plan either total Ad-free: The company warns that "due to streaming rights, a small amount of programs – Peacock channels, events and some shows and films – will continue to contain ads".
Both paid plans also offer annual subscriptions at discounted prices of $ 49.99 a year for Premium and $ 99.99 a year for Premium Ad-Free.
Will Peacock continue to be free for Xfinity customers?
Smart readers will find that NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast, which also offers Xfinity Internet and TV services. Xfinity customers I have had access to an early version of the service for weeks. The company will continue to use this corporate synergy as a key element for the introduction of Peacock and will offer Xfinity Internet or Digital Starter TV customers free access to the Peacock premium service. Xfinity customers can also upgrade their free Peacock Premium plan to Premium Ad-Free by paying $ 4.99 a month.
Cox subscribers can also take advantage of this offer and get access to free Peacock Premium. NBCUniversal is working to enable similar transactions with other cable and internet providers in the future, with the aim of offering a free service to as many customers as possible.
What can I see on Peacock?
The Peacock service provides access to more than 20,000 hours of content based on the extensive catalogs of NBC shows. Many top shows and movies will be available at the free level, including 30 rock, Parks and recreation, Saturday night live, Psych, monk, Battlestar Galactica, D.ÖWnton Abbey, Suits, Royal pain, Columbo, The matrix Series, Phantom thread, the Bourne Movies, Jurassic Park Franchise and more. (Especially absent at the start will be The office, because Netflix still has streaming rights for this series until the end of 2020. It will arrive at Peacock in 2021.)
Peacock Premium will add even more content to this library, 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 include Peacock Originals: original shows and films offered exclusively for the service. The most important titles at the start include: Beautiful new world (based on the novel by Aldous Huxley), Psych 2: Lassie comes home, The recording, and intelligence, but there's a lot more along the way, including Punky Brewster, Battlestar Galactica, and Saved from the bell restarts.
There's also a big focus on live content with Peacock. NBC will offer curated live news and sports content, including a 24-hour NBC news channel and (possibly) a major focus on the Olympic Games (whenever the event takes place). Peacock Premium will also include Premier League football matches and early access at 8 p.m. to NBC's late night shows Late night with Seth Meyers and Today’s show with Jimmy Fallon (whenever these shows return to the studios).
Where can I get Peacock?
Peacock is currently only available in the United States. NBCUniversal has not yet announced plans for future countries.
What devices can I see Peacock on?
Peacock is currently available for Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Xbox One, Vizio SmartCast TV and LG Smart TV. An app will be released for PlayStation 4 in the week of July 20th. There is also a desktop web player for streaming on Mac, Windows and Chromebook devices.
This list particularly lacks: Amazon Fire TV and Roku, none of which can initially access Peacock. NBCUniversal has indicated on its Peacock Twitter account that it is in talks with Amazon and has instructed disappointed Roku customers to "screech" 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 simultaneous streams, so you can share one account. Profiles are not supported at startup, but Peacock offers a basic parental control system that locks mature content behind a password.
In what resolution is Peacock content offered?
Peacock is currently only streaming in HD. Other premium options such as 4K video, HDR or Dolby Atmos are not available at launch. However, the company would like to add them in the future.
Can you watch Peacock shows offline?
Peacock has no offline downloads for its mobile apps at launch, although NBCUniversal promises that the feature will be added in the future.
How do I sign up?
Peacock can be registered for via the Peacock website or via the various Peacock apps in your service of your choice.