NBCUniversal’s new “Peacock” streaming service will launch for free on Wednesday for some Comcast customers. The service will see a wide launch in July 2020.
Reuters reports Peacock, will launch with a limited slate of new content, as productions for its original programming have been halted amid the global coronavirus pandemic. The streaming service will provide upwards of 15,000 hours of programming made up mostly of NBC series and Universal films.
Subscribers to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 or Flex TV services will receive Peacock Premium for free beginning on Wednesday. They will get more than 15,000 hours of content, including early access to “The Tonight Show: At Home Edition” hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
Plenty of “classic” television episodes will be available, including popular series “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” which will appear exclusively on the service, as well as “30 Rock,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “House,” “Monk,” “Saturday Night Live,” and numerous other NBC broadcast or produced shows.
Peacock will also offer original programming, including dramas “Dr. Death,” “Brave New World,” and “One of Us Is Lying,” and yet another reboot of “Battlestar Galactica.” Comedy originals will include reboots of “Saved by the Bell,” and “Punky Brewster,” as well as originals “Rutherford Falls” and “Straight Talk.” However, as mentioned above, production on original offerings has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Original movies will also stream on the new services, as well as film classics like “Casino,” “Jaws,” “E.T,” and many others. 3,000+ hours of Telemundo Spanish-language content will also be available. Peacock is also set to include live spots access, curated shorts, breaking news coverage, and more.
Peacock Premium will launch to everyone on July 15 and will be available in three tiers of service.
An ad-supported tier will allow viewers to watch content for free, and there will be two paid tiers that will include live sports and early access to NBC’s late-night programming.
The service’s $4.99 per month premium tier will include ads, and a $9.99 per month tier will be totally ad-free. NBC is hoping the service’s access to live sports and their late-night lineup will give it a step up over streaming services from Apple, Netflix, and others.