NBC Peacock launch and what we know so far

NBCUniversal’s Peacock, set to launch in April 2020, is a new service that will provide both video-on-demand and limited live TV streaming. The service will offer new original series from producers of popular NBC shows such as The Good Place, Parks and Recreation, and Mr. Robot. According to an NBCUniversal press release, “the service will also feature blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Hollywood’s biggest studios.”

Peacock at a glance

NBCUniversal will announce final pricing closer to release, but Peacock will reportedly offer a free and two paid versions of the service. Peacock is set to launch with over 15,000 hours of content, including several exclusive original series, a ton of classic movies, TV and reality shows. Peacock will also broadcast live sports, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As of right now, it appears the service will provide access to live news programming as well. 

Peacock
Basic priceFree
Premium price$4.99/mo.
Ad-free price$9.99/mo.
Hours of content15,000+ hours
Live sports streaming?Yes

NBCUniversal will offer Peacock’s premium service at no cost to Cox and Comcast customers. The premium version of the service will come with some ads, but you can upgrade to an ad-free experience for $9.99/mo. — $5/mo. more than the limited-ad plan. Cox and Comcast customers can score the ad-free option for just $5/mo. The free version of the service will offer a limited selection of content.

Peacock standout features

Movies

With over 15,000 hours of content already slated for the service, and most certainly more to come, the NBC streaming service has plenty to feast your eyes on. Much like competitors such as Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, Peacock will feature a mix of old and new content.

The service plans to offer hundreds of movies, including classics like Back To The Future, E.T., Field Of Dreams, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Meet The Parents and more. More recent movies that should be available include Jurassic World 3, various Fast And Furious movies, Knocked Up, Meet The Parents and all of the Jason Bourne franchise.

Don’t forget animated films such as Despicable Me, Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your Dragon, Shark Tale, Shrek and The Boss Baby. In short, Peacock will offer something for everyone in the family.

TV shows

Peacock will also have plenty of TV shows. The service will include beloved options like 30 Rock, The Office and Married With Children as well as newer fare like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Not only that, NBCUniversal plans to roll out several new original series through the platform, including reboots of Punky Brewster, Battlestar Galactica and Saved By The Bell as well as several brand new programs.

Saturday Night Live will be in the lineup, as well as an SNL docuseries called Who Wrote That, which will explore famous personalities from the show’s history. Jimmy Fallon will debut a new talk show on the service as well, and there will be a spinoff of The Real Housewives franchise.

For Spanish speaking viewers, Peacock will have over 3,000 hours of Telemundo’s Spanish language content, including two new original series (one by the producers of La Reina Del Sur) and popular older shows like 100 Dias Para Volver, Betty In NY and El Baron.

Sports

NBC will be home to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Peacock will offer live coverage of these events. The opening and closing ceremonies will stream on Peacock before airing on NBC, and the service will broadcast three Olympics programs per day. It will also include live coverage of major Olympic events as well as nightly wrap-ups.

Peacock will offer over 2,000 hours of Premier League soccer, including hundreds of games that won’t be on regular TV. The service will also broadcast Ryder Cup golf tournament in September of 2020. 

Tiered subscriptions

Comcast (which owns NBCUniversal) is doing things a bit differently with Peacock. While Peacock will provide an ad-free paid subscription option for $9.99/mo., the service will also offer a $4.99/mo. premium plan with limited ads and an ad-supported free tier. The premium plan will be free to Cox and Comcast subscribers, and anyone can sign up for the free service.

Peacock drawbacks

Overall content

Peacock will probably never be a comprehensive source for all your entertainment needs. Although the service offers several choices, it will not be able to deliver content from competitors like ABC and CBS. Also, a lot of the movies on the platform are older, so you will probably need to go elsewhere to find more recent flicks.

Ads on the premium tier

Peacock’s premium plan will only cost $4.99/mo., but there will still be ads at that level. You’ll need to upgrade to the more expensive ad-free version to enjoy content without commercial interruptions. But at $4.99/mo., Peacock costs less than competitors, such as Amazon Prime Video ($8.99/mo.) and Hulu ($5.99/mo.)

Limited selection with the ad-free version

According to NBCUniversal’s press release, the ad-free tier of the service will have a more “curated” selection of content. To put it in simpler terms, Peacock will limit the shows and movies available to free viewers. 

The takeaway

Peacock may not offer everything you want in a streaming service, and it is not clear how many people will really anti-up $10/mo. to lose the ads, but there will be plenty of original programming, sports, movies and TV shows to make Peacock worth adding to your rotation. For fans of CBS and ABC shows, Peacock probably will not be the best option. But for those who enjoy Premiere League soccer and NBC series like Friday Night Lights, Fraiser and Will & Grace, the service will be a welcome addition to the streaming market.  

Aaron Trumm

Aaron Trumm has been writing, creating content, and producing media, online presences and music for 25 years. He is the founder and head of NQuit Music, holds a master’s degree from Stanford University, and was once the 10th ranked slam poet in the world. He's written for publications like Recording Magazine, Linux Journal, Computer Music Magazine, and SonicScoop, to name a few. He also enjoys sports and fitness so much that he's a certified personal trainer and often writes in that area as well.