- Available April 15, 2020 for Xfinity TV and internet customers
- Debuts nationwide July 15, 2020
- Free, ad-supported version with 7,500 hours of content
- Premium version with 15,000 hours of live and on-demand content will be free for Xfinity and Cox Communications customers
- Peacock Premium will be $10/mo. without ads, $5/mo. with ads
NBC announced today that its Peacock streaming service will officially take flight on April 15 on Xfinity’s X1 and Flex video platforms, where it will be available (with ads) to all Xfinity and Cox Communications customers for free.
For everyone else, the service will launch nationally on July 15 with more than 600 movies and 400 series, plus a mix of live and on-demand content across news, sports, late-night and reality TV.
But most importantly, Peacock will be the first major streaming service to offer an entirely free, ad-supported option. NBC says the free tier will have 7,500 hours of content, including next-day access to current seasons of shows, full seasons of older shows, movies and live news and sports programming.
The premium tier of Peacock will double the amount of available content to 15,000 hours. An ad-supported version will be available for free for Xfinity and Cox customers, but they can also upgrade to ad-free for $5/mo. For everyone else, Peacock Premium will cost $5/mo. with ads and $10/mo. without them. NBC also says it plans on bundling Peacock Premium with other partners in the coming months.
In addition to beloved shows like Parks and Recreation and The Office, Peacock will also produce its own original content, including a music-themed comedy produced by Tina Fey and reboots of classics like Saved by the Bell and Battlestar Galactica.
“This is a very exciting time for our company, as we chart the future of entertainment,” NBCU chairman Steve Burke said in announcing the rollout plan.
“We have one of the most enviable collections of media brands and the strongest ad sales track record in the business. Capitalizing on these key strengths, we are taking a unique approach to streaming that brings value to customers, advertisers and shareholders.”
It remains to be seen which shows and movies will be restricted to Peacock Premium and which will be available for free. For now, here are some of the most popular shows we know about so far.
- 30 Rock
- Bates Motel
- Battlestar Galactica
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Chrisley Knows Best
- Covert Affairs
- Downton Abbey
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- Friday Night Lights
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
- King Of Queens
- Married…With Children
- The Office
- Parks and Recreation
- The Real Housewives
- Royal Pains
- Saturday Night Live
- Top Chef
- Will & Grace