NBCUniversal Peacock Streaming Review

NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, gives you access to all things NBC for free, $5, or $10.
NBC Peacock logo
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Free to $10 per month
Current and old NBC TV shows
Virtual channels
On-demand movies

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has finally launched, which means, free entertainment is here.

This first-ever NBC streaming service will give you The Masked Singer, America’s Got Talent, and The Last Voice all at your demand.

You can get Peacock for free with ads and a limited amount of content, the $4.99 per month plan with ads but more content, or the $9.99 per month plan with zero ads and more content.

So, how big of an NBC fan are you?

Pros

  • Free to $10 per month
  • Current and old NBC shows
  • Virtual channels
  • On-demand movies

Cons

  • As a standalone service, it won't get you everything you want

How much does NBCUniversal Peacock cost?

It costs less than a penny, the price of a coffee, or the price of a sandwich. You decide.

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service gives you the choice of three plans:

Peacock Free is, uh, free.

Peacock Premium has two different plans: $4.99 per month or $9.99 per month. You just have to decide how inconvenient commercial breaks are to your bingeing marathons.

How much is NBCU Peacock?
PlanMonthly priceWhat you getDetails
Peacock FreeFree7,500 hours of programming, current season series, movies, TV classics, next-day access of current showsVisit Peacock TV
Peacock Premium (with ads)$4.99/mo.10,000 hours of programming, live news and sports, early access to late-night showsVisit Peacock TV
Peacock Premium (no ads)$9.99/mo.10,000 hours of programming, live news and sports, early access to late-night showsVisit Peacock TV

Does NBCUniversal Peacock have a contract or fees?

NBCU Peacock doesn’t have a contract or any extra fees. So feel free to cancel whenever you’d like, and never be surprised with a random fee charge on your card.

What is NBCUniversal Peacock?

Peacock is a streaming service similar to both Netflix and Hulu. Peacock has old shows and movies, as well as next-day access to shows that broadcasted the night before.

The list of shows is quite exciting, so here’s what you can expect to watch on the weekends or after a long workday:

  • The Office (in January 2021 when it leaves Netflix)
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Monk
  • Saturday Night Live
  • This is Us
  • The Masked Singer
  • America’s Got Talent
  • The Last Voice
  • 30 Rock
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Murder, She Wrote
  • Will and Grace
  • Law & Order
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • Top Chef

If you’re a huge fan of The Office, you’re going to want Peacock by January 2021. At that point, the show will become a Peacock exclusive, and you won’t be able to find Michael Scott anywhere else.

If you’re more of a movie person, you’ll get the choice of 600 films to watch with the family on Saturday night.

Those movies include the following:

  • The Harry Potter movies
  • Jaws
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Bourne movies
  • Despicable Me movies
  • E.T.
  • The Fast & Furious series
  • Bridesmaids
  • Knocked Up
  • Back to the Future
  • Casino
  • Billy Elliot
  • Shrek

Peacock has a new approach to live TV channels with their “virtual channels.” You’ll get to create personalized channels to make it easier for you to find something to watch.

Some custom channels will include the following:

  • Live events
  • Trending feed
  • Indie movies
  • True crime dramas
  • Comedies
  • Cycle through Saturday Night Live episodes
  • Cycle through Law & Order episodes
  • Or any other genre of films you enjoy

But Peacock intends to give you a traditional cable feel. With those channels combined with advertisements, NBCU hopes it makes you realize linear TV is a great option for your home. Maybe it will convince you to subscribe to a cable TV service.

But how can we justify paying another monthly bill if we get this service for free? *Shrugs shoulders.*

What is NBCUniversal Peacock Free?

If you decide to go for the free service, you’ll get 7,500 hours of programming, including next-day access to current seasons of NBC shows like This is Us and The Voice.

No need to worry about seeing spoilers on social media. Just watch the lives of Mandy Moore and the triplets the following morning, and you won’t need to worry about FOMO.

With Peacock Free, you can also watch Universal Pictures movies (like Evan Almighty), Saturday Night Live, NBC’s daily news content, and select episodes of the app’s exclusive content (like the new season of AP Bio).

All nine seasons of The Office will move to Peacock from Netflix in January 2021. You can get your Jim and Pam fix every day (now, who doesn’t want that?).

And keep in mind, the free version has ads. (They have to make money somehow, right?)

Peacock says they’ll keep commercials to about five minutes or less per hour.

In our experience, there was only one ad in the first episode of Brave New World. And when we watched the movie, Psych, there were just three minutes of commercials beforehand. So, not bad, right?

What is NBCUniversal Peacock Premium?

Peacock Premium can be either $4.99 or $9.99. You’ll get the same amount of content with both, but the extra $5 will eliminate all ads during your bingeing marathons.

You’ll get 10,000 hours of on-demand content with access to the full library of Peacock series and movie exclusives.

Peacock feeds news junkies and sports fanatics with NBC’s live news and sports. You’ll also get early access to late-night shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Which devices are compatible with NBCUniversal Peacock?

Watch Superstore or Chicago Fire during your lazy Sunday mornings on these devices:

  • iPhone, iPad
  • Android smartphone and tablet
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • LG Smart TV
  • Vizio TV
  • Xbox One
  • Chrome, Firefox, Safari, MS Edge
  • Cox set-top box
  • Xfinity set-top box

Currently, if you go through your Android device or Android TV, you’ll get 90 days of Premium for free (the middle tier, which includes commercials).

But there are two problems with NBC Universal Peacock: it’s not available on Roku and Fire TV. Those are two popular streaming devices! They’ll be missing out on a huge chunk of viewers.

But if you want to know more about how Peacock works, check out this video by Craig Hanks.

Recap: Will NBCUniversal Peacock be worth it?

Well, if you like free shows, movies, and entertainment, then yes, it’s worth it

Who can say no to a free streaming service that gives you hours of much-loved NBC shows? Only a silly person would.

With each plan, you’ll get the following content:

  • Peacock Free: You get 7,500 hours of programming, current season series, movies, TV classics, and next-day access of current shows for free (oh, did we mention it’s free?).
  • Peacock Premium: Pay $5 or $10 to get 10,000 hours of NBC programming, live news and sports, and early access to late-night shows. Pay that $10 if you want no commercials, because no one likes to be interrupted in the middle of a great scene of This is Us.

Remember, NBCU Peacock will be the only streaming service where you’ll be able to find The Office starting in January 2021. And if Ron Swanson is your spirit animal, you’ll want Peacock because this is the only place you’ll find Parks and Recreation starting in October 2020.

On top of that, enjoy classic movies, old TV shows, and next-day access to new TV shows on NBCU Peacock’s streaming service.

If you’re looking for a streaming service that has on-demand content and live TV, check out our top live TV streaming services.

What do you think?

Are you going to get NBCU Peacock? What are you most excited about the streaming service? Drop us a comment below!