NBCUniversal Peacock Streaming Review
Before you get too excited about a first-ever NBC streaming service that will stream all The Masked Singer, America’s Got Talent, and The Last Voice episodes . . . you’ll have to be patient.
Peacock, the new streaming service from NBCUniversal (NBCU), will launch on July 15, and you get your choice of three different plans. Or if you’re a Comcast Xfinity X1 or Flex customer, you’ll get early access starting April 15.
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?
- Free to $10 per month
- Current and old NBC shows
- Virtual channels
- On-demand movies
- 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.
|Plan||Monthly price||What you get||Details|
|Peacock Free||Free||7,500 hours of programming, current season series, movies, TV classics, next-day access of current shows||Visit Peacock TV|
|Peacock Premium (with ads)||$4.99/mo.||10,000 hours of programming, live news and sports, early access to late-night shows||Visit Peacock TV|
|Peacock Premium (no ads)||$9.99/mo.||10,000 hours of programming, live news and sports, early access to late-night shows||Visit 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 that’s going to be similar to both Netflix and Hulu. Peacock is going to have 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
- 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
- Jurassic Park
- The Bourne movies
- Despicable Me movies
- The Fast & Furious series
- Knocked Up
- Back to the Future
- Billy Elliot
Peacock has a new approach to live TV channels with their “virtual channels.” You will 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
- 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?).
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.
Are there sports on NBCUniversal Peacock?
YES! Sports are for the Peacock Premium members only. So join the team.
NBCU Peacock’s debut is two weeks before the 2020 Summer Olympics start, and that’s no coincidence.
Peacock will give you the following right to your streaming device:
- Live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies
- Three daily Olympic shows: Tokyo Live, Tokyo Daily Digest, and Tokyo Tonight
- Live stream of exclusive coverage from the Tokyo Paralympics
- The Olympic Channel
And for those Liverpool fans, Peacock Premium will have non-televised Premier League soccer games beginning in August. That means you’ll get to watch more than 140 matches that won’t be on television, as well as clips and replays!
And lastly, NBCU Peacock will have the Ryder Cup golf tournament in September. So, watch Team USA take on Team Europe while you’re on your lunch break, on the train, or at church (we won’t tell anybody).
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 July 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.
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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!