Comcast customers will get early, free access to NBC’s Peacock streaming service starting on April 15

While the rest of the nation will have to wait until July 15 to check out NBC’s new streaming service Peacock, some Comcast customers will get early access.

Starting April 15, Flex and Xfinity X1 customers will get the ad-supported version of Peacock at no charge. Every Comcast customer will have it by the end of the month.

NBC is dropping its new service at an optimal time. As people across the nation are either working from home or just stuck at home, streaming usage is at an all-time high. Launching in two tiers though – first to Comcast customers and then to everyone else later – was always the plan.

The company had a big tie-in with the summer Olympics planned for their July launch, but since the games are now postponed, that’s shelved. The coronavirus did have a bit of a direct negative impact on Peacock as well, delaying some of its original programming to 2021.

If you’re not familiar with Peacock, it’s home to more than 15,000 hours of programming, including Parks & Rec, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, 30 Rock, Law & Order (and all spinoffs), Chicago Med (and Fire and P.D.) and more. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers are streaming too, but starting at 8 p.m. Eastern, which means you can watch them before they air on television. Hundreds of classic popular films are on the service, plus a dedicated kid’s section.

All in all, it’s a pretty massive library actually. The ad-supported version will set you back $4.99 a month while the ad-free version is $9.99 a month.

It’s tough to predict whether Peacock can find room in a very crowded streaming market, but if the initial buzz is any indication, they’re off to a good start.

Artie Beaty