NBCUniversal Peacock Streaming Review

NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock, gives you access to all things NBC for free, $5, or $10

Plan
Monthly price
Content
Includes ads
Details
Peacock$0.00/mo.40,000+ hrs.Yes
Peacock Premium$4.99/mo.60,000+ hrs.Yes
Peacock Plus$9.99/mo.*60,000+ hrs.No
Data effective 01/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Due to streaming rights, a small amount of programming will still contain ads (Peacock channels, events and a few shows and movies).
Michael Archambault
Sr. Writer, TV & Streaming
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January 20, 2022
5 min read

Peacock prices and plans

Woman watching NBC Peacock on laptop sitting on couch in the dark with headphones on

Like many other streaming services, Peacock’s prices and plans are upfront, so you won’t have to worry about any surprises on your bill.

Peacock starts with the Free tier, which allows you to access over 40,000+ hours of hit movies, TV shows, and more with limited advertisements. The free plan also includes 50+ always-on channels for you to access.

If you want to step up your experience, Peacock Premium gives you access to the service’s entire library featuring 60,000+ hours of hit movies, TV shows, and more with limited ads.

The Premium plan is an excellent option for sports lovers. Premium offers access to live sports events such as Sunday Night Football, Premier League, and WWE.

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Are you a sports fan?

If you’re searching for the best streaming services for sports, we would recommend taking a closer look at our Best Streaming Services for Sports guide.

Lastly, suppose you want the best that Peacock has to offer. In that case, you can grab the Plus plan, which features everything from the Premium plan, in addition to an ad-free experience and the ability to download and watch select titles offline—perfect for that next road trip or flight.

Peacock TV plans & pricing
Plan
Price
Content
Includes ads
Details
Peacock$0.00/mo.40,000+ hrs.Yes
Peacock Premium$4.99/mo.60,000+ hrs.Yes
Peacock Plus$9.99/mo.*60,000+ hrs.No
Data effective 01/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Due to streaming rights, a small amount of programming will still contain ads (Peacock channels, events and a few shows and movies).

Where is Peacock TV available?

An Asian woman props her head up on a pillow while watching TV.

In a partnership with Sky, NBC’s Peacock is currently available in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom

As the result of a partnership with ViacomCBS, the service is planned to expand to additional countries in early 2022. This combination service will be known as SkyShowtime.

Planned release countries include:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

Peacock is also planned on being launched in several other territories at a later date in time, including Latin America, Australia, Asia, and France.

How does Peacock compare to Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, & Disney+?

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When it comes to streaming TV services, there are many options available on the market.

Peacock offers quite a compelling subscription model. This service allows you to access most of its library at no cost or a small fee for the entire library with limited ads. This model presents a lot of content for little to no money—something that not all streaming services offer, Peacock's middle-tier plan is in the same price range as Paramount+

While the dream would be to subscribe to all the services possible, sometimes you may need to pick and choose. We are here to help.

Here’s a quick comparison between some of the top streaming services available, including pricing and the content they offer you.

Comparing top streaming services
Streaming service
Monthly price
Details
PeacockTV
$0–$9.99
/mo
Netflix
$9.99–$19.99
/mo
$6.99–$12.99
/mo
$9.99–$149.99
/yr
$7.99–$79.99
/yr

This table gives you a decent idea of the value you are getting from a streaming service, but the actual test of a service is the content it has to offer and what you want to watch.

For example, a service such as Disney+ offers a plethora of Pixar and Marvel content, but Netflix offers a collection of originals, including The Crown, Stranger Things, and BoJack Horseman.

We recommend signing up for trials to multiple services to find what options work best for you. Then, cancel any streaming services that aren’t the right fit.

Peacock TV shows, movies, and other content

Peacock offers a healthy selection of TV shows, movies, and other content to enjoy at the press of a button. The content you’ll have access to depends on your subscription tier.

While the free tier is limited to 40,000+ hours of content, the Premium and Plus Tiers give you access to the service’s entire library with 60,000+ hours of content.

Additionally, Peacock Premium and Plus give you access to exclusive Peacock Original series that aren’t available anywhere else.

Some of the top content that is available on Peacock:

TV shows:
  • The Office
  • Modern Family
  • Parks and Recreation
  • The King of Queens
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Chicago Fire
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Girls5eva (Peacock original)
  • One of Us Is Lying (Peacock original)
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Superstore
  • Frasier
  • Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Peacock original)
  • MacGruber (Peacock original)
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Charmed
  • Monk
  • 30 Rock
  • We Are Lady Parts (Peacock original)
  • The First 48
  • Curious George (Peacock original)
Movies:
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Chicken Run
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Train to Busan
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Men in Black
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Die Hard
  • Harry Potter
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Bernie
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Selma
  • Uncle Buck
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Kindergarten Cop
  • They Live
  • The Imposter
  • Red
  • Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (Peacock original)
  • Psych 3: This is Gus (Peacock original)

Overall, Peacock does deliver an impressive library, but the question will be whether or not the content available is of personal interest to you.

It’s not always easy to tell what will be available on the Peacock free tier vs. the paid tiers until you jump into the service and start browsing. We recommend you give the free tier a shot—it won’t cost you a nickel.

Deals
Xfinity customers save on Peacock TV

Speaking of nickels, here is a great bundle to save your change. If you are an Xfinity Flex or X1 customer, Peacock Premium is included with your service for no additional charge. Simply create a Peacock account, link your Xfinity account, and start watching.

Devices supported by Peacock TV

Peacock Devices

If you want to dive into all the content that Peacock offers, you’ll need a device that supports the service. Luckily, you can watch Peacock from nearly any web browser or a dedicated entertainment or streaming box.

Peacock currently supports the following devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation
  • Roku
  • Xbox

Peacock is also supported by select Smart TVs from Hisense, LG, Samsung, and Vizio. Additionally, select set-top boxes from Cox and Xfinity also support the service.

Peacock TV customer service

Man sitting at desk and calling Verizon customer service on his phone

The American Customer Satisfaction Index provides scores on a scale of 0-100% to denote customer satisfaction in various industries. The higher the scores, the more satisfied customers were with the company’s service.

For companies within the Video Streaming Service category, the average rating for 2021 is 74%—that’s a -2.6% decrease for the overall category since last year.

Peacock TV by Comcast received its first-ever rating in 2021 with a score of 71%. As a result, Peacock’s customer service is considered slightly below the industry average.

Service
Rating
Score
PeacockTVACSI 2020-202171 out of 100

Recap: Is Peacock TV good?

NBC Peacock logo

Peacock TV has plenty to offer its subscribers when it comes to content. The service is full of TV shows and movies from the service’s parent company, NBCUniversal.

From re-binge-able shows, such as The Office and Superstore, to hit blockbusters, including The Bourne Ultimatum and Red, we don’t think you’ll hurt to find content.

Additionally, Peacock TV is offering quite a few originals that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Some of the top originals on Peacock include: Girls5eva, One of Us is Lying, and We Are Lady Parts.

Peacock’s pricing model is quite favorable compared to the competition. We are thrilled to see a free tier on the service, which offers an extensive library of content at no cost.

If you decide to pay for Peacock, both the Premium and Plus plans are well priced.

With services such as Netflix and HBO Max pushing quickly passing the $15/mo. mark, it is nice to see a selection of plans you can jump on for less than $10/mo.

If value is at the top of mind, you can subscribe to Peacock without worrying that you’re paying too much—that is, if you decide to even pay for Peacock as the free plan is quite enticing.

Overall, we recommend taking a closer look at the exact TV shows and movies that Peacock has to offer before deciding if it’s the right service for you.

Methodology

When it comes to researching the best streaming services available on the market, we ensure that we take the time to perform market research and perform hands-on testing ourselves.

Here are some of the top aspects we kept in mind when reviewing Peacock TV:

  • Plans and pricing
  • Overall availability
  • Service content
  • Customer experience

FAQ

Is the Peacock channel really free?

Yes. Peacock TV provides multiple subscription options with one free and two paid tiers.

The free plan tier includes over 40,000+ hours of hit movies, TV shows, and more with limited advertisements. The free plan tier does not provide access to the service’s exclusive content, such as Girls5eva, One of Us is Lying, and We Are Lady Parts.

What channels are included with Peacock?

Peacock offers a variety of custom channels playing NBC content on loop.

For example, Peacock currently offers a Today All Day channel that replays the Today show 24/7. Other channels that are also available include NBC Sports, Dateline, Saturday Night Live, Telemundo, and Jimmy Fallon.

Does Peacock TV have local channels?

Peacock offers general news channels such as NBC News NOW and Sky News. However, Peacock TV does not provide local affiliate channels.

If you are looking to stream local channels, we recommend looking at our roundup featuring the best live tv streaming service providers.

Now that you know all about Peacock TV, here are some next steps you can take:

Explore the best streaming services.

Check out the best internet providers for streaming.

Michael Archambault
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Michael Archambault
Michael was born a geek, always interested in technology and how it affects the world around us. He has spent the last eight years writing about consumer and business tech for some of the world’s top brands and publications, including Samsung, Skyword, Digital Trends, Lifewire, and DPReview. Michael graduated from the New York Institute of Technology, earning a BFA in Communications and Media Production. When he’s not writing on Reviews.org, you’ll find Michael spinning a vinyl record, reading a good mystery novel, or hanging out with one of his cats (which has yet to turn him completely into an eccentric cat-man).

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