NBC Peacock will be one of the largest new streaming services of 2020. Far beyond the NBC app now found on smartphones and tablets, Peacock offers on-demand video in the same spirit as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, but with a focus on content of NBC.
What exactly does NBC have to offer that Netflix does not do? When it is launched on Wednesday, July 15, Peacock features talk shows such as The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers who will debut on Peacock up to three hours earlier than on cable TV, plus popular shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation and Battlestar Galactica – and even reboots from BSG, Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster.
However, how much of this content you can actually stream is determined by how much you are willing to pay and whether you are willing to view content with ads or opt for an ad-free experience. Expect three price levels (free, $ 5 and $ 10 per month) that we will explain in more detail below.
But can the catalog of shows from NBC withstand streaming colossi such as Netflix, Hulu and streaming newcomer Disney Plus? This is our best guess given the information we have.
NBC Peacock release date
Peacock will be available nationwide from Wednesday July 15. However, if you are a Comcast Xfinity X1 or a Comcast Flex subscriber, you can get an example of the service from Wednesday, April 15.
The launch date of the service was officially announced at an event on January 16, 2020 in New York City, but CNBC had reported rumors of a launch in April as already in December 2019.
NBC peacock prize
NBC plans to release Peacock with three price levels – free, $ 5 per month and $ 10 per month. So why would anyone pay for a free service?
Peacock Free, the "free" service, has a limited content library (read: only one episode or two of each new series) and a fraction of the content catalog that is available at the higher levels. It also displays ads that are being played while viewing content. In total, NBC says that about 7,500 hours of content will be free at the launch.
Peacock Premium is the $ 5 per month subscription that unlocks almost everything in the catalog, but still comes with advertisements. If you want to upgrade to ad-free, it will cost you $ 10 a month, or if you are an Xfinity subscriber, after which you will only pay $ 5 a month for the premium, ad-free service.
In total, NBC says there will be around 15,000 hours of content to watch on Premium at launch, but we won't know which shows and episodes will be available on which service until we get closer to launch.
NBC Peacock shows and films
So far, NBC has announced a number of recurring service shows – things like The Office, Parks and Rec and others that were once on Netflix but have since been removed in preparation for Peacock – plus reboots and all-new shows.
To make it easy for you, here is a complete list of shows subdivided into those categories.
Complete series that returns to Peacock:
30 Rock, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Chrisley Knows Best, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The King of Queens, Married … With children, Monk, The office, Parenting, Parks and recreation, Psych, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, The Real Housewives, Top Chef and Will & Grace.
Plus Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, Yellowstone, Two and a Half Men and The George Lopez Show.
New shows on Peacock:
Dr. Death, Battlestar Galactica reboot, Brave New World, Angelyne, One of Us Lying, Rutherford Falls, Straight Talk, rescued by the bell, Punky Brewster
Live TV events:
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers (earlier) NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Premiere League matches and the Olympic Games
Movies on Peacock:
American Pie, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, A Beautiful Mind, Back to the Future, Brokeback Mountain, Casino, Dallas Buyers Club, Do the Right Thing, Erin Brockovich, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Field of Dreams, Jaws, Mamma Mia!, Shrek, and The breakfast club, plus movies from the Bourne, Despicable Me and Fast & Furious franchises.
How it relates to other services
We currently know how much the service will cost and what kind of shows we will be able to watch, but we do not know how the app will perform in the wild or how quickly new content to the maintenance. So it is difficult to compare apples with apples with services such as Netflix that have been around for years.
What we expect, based on what we know, is a service somewhere between Hulu and Disney Plus – there will be a decent catalog of shows such as Disney, but with an update schedule similar to Hulu that adds new episodes, show series and films weekly.
That is also the way Peacock is priced, so we cross our fingers, as the service shows. Because if this is not the case, HBO Max will be released later this year and the streaming service hierarchy could shake up completely.
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