Comcast and NBCUniversal announced their standalone streaming service back in January, and today they announced an April 2020 launch date for the service.
The Verge reports NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke revealed the date on Thursday’s earnings call. Parent company Comcast also revealed that the upcoming streaming service will be built on a similar platform to Sky’s UK-based Now TV streaming service. It’s believed that the service will likely offer content from Sky Studios, which Comcast also now owns after its acquisition of Sky in 2018.
The company says the “vast majority” of the content on the new streaming service will initially be sourced from third-party production companies, and won’t be original shows and films. Popular comedy “The Office” will be making the move from Netflix in 2020 and will be available exclusively on NBC’s streaming platform.
The NBCUniversal streaming service is just the latest service to be announced, as many companies have been making the move to remove their content from services like Hulu and Netflix and to host them on their own streaming platform. Major upcoming services include Apple’s own Apple TV+ service, HBO Max, and perhaps the most anticipated service, Disney+.