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 Law & Order, The Voice, and Weakest Link 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?


  • 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.

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 shows7-Day Trial
Peacock Premium (no ads)$9.99/mo.10,000 hours of programming, live news and sports, early access to late-night shows7-Day Trial

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.

But we’re still wondering why Peacock doesn’t have The Masked Singer, Good Girls, or The Last Voice at all, and why there are only a few This Is Us episodes.

The list of shows is still pretty solid, 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)
  • Yellowstone
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Superstore
  • Dateline NBC
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • Ray Donovan
  • The Affair
  • The Curse of Oak Island
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Snapped
  • 30 Rock
  • Downton Abbey
  • Escape to the Chateau
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Parenthood

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 more than 600 films to watch with the family on Saturday night. Since Peacock’s debut, Peacock’s movie game has gone way up (because Peacock’s movie game used to be pretty weak).

Those movies include the following:

  • The Dark Knight
  • Space Jam
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Goonies
  • Ted
  • Knocked Up
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • The Little Rascals
  • Shrek
  • Beethoven
  • The Ugly Truth
  • Because I Said So

But one thing we can get behind: Peacock has a few live TV channels for you to enjoy for free! Some channels include the following:

  • NBC News NOW
  • NBC Sports
  • Premier League TV
  • True Crime
  • Tastemade
  • Comedy Dynamics
  • Cycle through Saturday Night Live episodes
  • Cycle through Unsolved Mysteries episodes
  • Cycle through The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon episodes
Peacock channels

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.*

And last but not least, Peacock has been producing its own originals. So if you used to be a huge fan of Slater and Jesse Spano on Saved by the Bell, you may like Peacock’s brand new and improved version. Peacock Originals include:

  • Saved by the Bell (with Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, and new cast)
  • Save Me (with Lennie James)
  • A.P. Bio (with Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt)
  • The Departure (with Archie Panjabi, Christopher Plummer, and Kris Holden-Ried)
  • The Capture
  • The Amber Ruffin Show
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Does NBCUniversal Peacock have sports?

NBCUniversal Peacock will give you access to the NBC Sports channel, which features live sports talk programming like Pro Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, and The Rich Eisen Show.

So enjoy the latest NFL news with Pro Football Talk, exceptional interviews with Dan Patrick, along with sports, humor, and pop culture with Rich Eisen. And check out Peacock’s first original sports talk show, Brother From Another with Holley and Smith.

Peacock also has a sports tab that allows you to watch all of these shows on-demand after they’ve aired. Here, you’ll also find Premier League Highlights, Top Sports Stories, Rugby, Figure Skating, and Sports Documentaries.

You’ll definitely want Peacock if you want to catch all of the Winter Olympics events.

NBCUniversal Peacock's sports tab

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.

Well, we should probably highlight that they’ve upped their ad count, but they’ve kept their word.

In our experience, when we watched the first episode of Brave New World when Peacock first debuted, there was only one ad. Now … there are four 30-second ads. But our movie ads stayed the same. When we watched Psych: The Movie, there were just three minutes of commercials beforehand. So, not bad, right?

What is NBCUniversal Peacock Premium?

Peacock Premium with limited ads is $4.99, or if you don’t want any interruptions, Peacock Premium Plus is $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
  • Roku TV
  • LG Smart TV
  • Vizio TV
  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox Series S
  • Chrome, Firefox, Safari
  • Cox set-top box
  • Xfinity set-top box

But there is one streaming problem with NBC Universal Peacock: it’s not available on Fire TV. That’s a popular streaming device! So Peacock could 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, live TV channels, current season series, movies, TV classics, and next-day access of current shows for free (oh, did we mention it’s free?).
  • Peacock Premium and Premium Plus: 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 for free.

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!