Peacock: NBC Streaming Service Release Date, Shows, Price, and News

Peacock, NBCUniversal's new streaming service, will launch on July 15 with 20,000 hours of programming. Here's what you need to know...

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The streaming service field is becoming more fractured, as more and more media companies break from NetflixAmazon Prime, and Hulu in favor of creating their own streaming services. NBCUniversal—the Comcast Corp. division that owns NBC, MSNBC, USA, and the Universal Pictures movie studio—is next up with new streaming service Peacock.

Peacock will feature content from NBC, Bravo, USA Network, SYFY, Oxygen, E!, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Universal Kids, A&E, ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, HISTORY, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Focus Features, Illumination, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and Blumhouse.

Here’s what we know:

Peacock Release Date

Peacock was made available to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 platform subscribers on April 15, 2020. The service will officially roll out to the rest of the country on July 15, 2020. NBCUniversal has plans for an international release of the service but no timeframe has been announced yet.

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Peacock Price

What is Peacock going to cost? Well…that’s complicated. NBC is deviating from WarnerMedia, Disney, and Apple by incorporating pricing tiers into its service at launch. Peacock has three potential pricing options: free, $4.99, and $9.99. Here is what you’ll get at each price point:

Peacock Free includes 13,000 hours of NBCUniversal content, including still-airing series a week after they premiere. It will also feature advertisements.

Peacock Premium (with ads) is the $4.99 option and will include everything that the streaming service has to offer (over 20,000 hours of content) including Peacock originals and next-day availability of current TV shows…but also dumb old commercials. 

Peacock Premium (without ads) is $4.99 for Comcast subscribers and $9.99 for everyone else. It will include the full spectrum of Peacock content with no ads. 

Peacock Platforms

Peacock is available to be streamed on the following platforms:

  • Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.
  • Google platforms and devices including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices.
  • Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; and VIZIO SmartCast™ TVs and LG Smart TVs. 
  • Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex users, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, can use Peacock Premium included with their service at no additional cost.
  • Starting the week of July 20, Peacock will be available Sony PlayStation 4 andPlayStation 4 Pro. 

Notable absences on this list include two of the most popular streaming device providers in Roku and Amazon Fire. Just as WarnerMedia was unable to cut deals with either company for HBO Max, so too was NBCUniversal unable to do so with Peacock.

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Peacock Originals

NBCUniversal has revealed the first batch of original programming coming to the service:

Available July 15

Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

“Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage Psych-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn and Gus return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever.” – Read more about Psych 2: Lassie Come Home here.

Brave New World

“Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel, Brave New World imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself.” Read more about Brave New World here.

Available August 6

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Hitmen

Best friends Jamie (Mel Giedroyc) and Fran (Sue Perkins) are trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living. Fueled by their antics and frivolous bickering, each job inevitably gets derailed, leading them into bizarre misadventures, full of oddball characters and unexpected dilemmas.

Available August 13

Five Bedrooms

Five singles meet at, of all places, the singles’ table at a wedding. After several bottles of champagne, they decide to pitch in and buy a house together. Five singles buy a house together – what could go right?  It’s a grand social experiment with one glaring problem: they’ll have to actually live with each other.  All while journeying together through disasters, life-turning crises, and  moments of love, joy and heartbreak. The series stars Kat Stewart (Offspring), Stephen Peacocke (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), Doris Younane (Frayed), Katie Robertson (Rosehaven), Roy Joseph (Halim), Kate Jenkinson (Wentworth) and Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters).

Available September 3

A.P. Bio (Season 3)

“When disgraced Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing in to Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.” Read more about A.P. Bio season 3 here.

Available September 17

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Departure

Passenger plane Flight 716 shockingly vanishes, and brilliant investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife), alongside her mentor Howard Lawson (Christopher Plummer, Knives Out) are brought on to lead the investigation. When battling forces threaten to undermine their work, Kendra must find the truth and stop it from happening again. The series also stars Kris Holden-Reid (Umbrella Academy), Rebecca Liddiard (Run This Town), Tamara Duarte (Longmire), Mark Rendall (Versailles), Peter Mensah (Midnight, Texas) and Sasha Roiz (Suits).

Available TBD

The Adventure Zone 

“Based on the McElroy Family’s wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons podcast and No. 1 New York Times best-selling graphic novel series, The Adventure Zone is a side-splitting and heart-filled fantasy animated comedy series that follows an unlikely, poorly equipped trio and their beleaguered Dungeon Master as they reluctantly embark on a quest to save their world.” – Per THR.

Angelyne (limited series)

“Limited series based on The Hollywood Reporter feature that explored the identity of L.A.’s mysterious billboard bombshell.”

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica returns to television with Sam Esmail producing.” Read more about this reboot here.

Clean Slate

“Old-school car wash owner, Henry (George Wallace), is thrilled that his estranged child is returning to Alabama after 17 years. However, Henry has a lot of soul searching to do when the child he thought was a son returns as the determined, proud, trans woman, Desiree (Laverne Cox).” – Per THR.

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Division One

“Division One is a coming-of-age comedy about an underdog women’s collegiate soccer team that gets a new female coach — a former professional soccer player who’s fallen from grace — and must decide whether or not they’re going to take the risk of trying to be great.” The show will be produced by Amy Poehler and soccer star Abby Wambach. – Per THR.

Dr. Death

“Based on Wonderly’s hit podcast, Dr. Death tells the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Jamie Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Dr. Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), set out to stop him. Dr. Death explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.”

Expecting

“Ellie, a fiercely independent but perpetually single music manager, has always wanted a family but never found a man worthy of the role of ‘father.’ That is, until her 39th birthday, when she decides to ask her gay best friend and co-worker, Jonathan, if he’ll be her sperm donor. When Jonathan surprises himself by saying ‘yes,’ it sets off a chain of events that turn Ellie and Jonathan’s personal and professional lives upside down as they try to turn their ‘chosen family’ into a biological family. Mindy Kaling will executive produce.” – Per THR.

Hatching Twitter

“Through exclusive access and exhaustive investigative reporting, New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton draws on hundreds of sources, documents and internal e-mails to tell intimate true stories of companies behaving badly and technology gone awry. The first installment of this anthology series will be based on Bilton’s acclaimed book Hatching Twitter, a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles that accompanied the meteoric rise of the infamous tech company. 140 characters and a few lines of code changed the world, disrupting the very fabric of the way people communicate. This series will explore the real masterminds behind it all, how it was done, and the colossal ramifications the technology will have on our future.” – Per THR.

MacGruber

After rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past — Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber (Will Forte), Vicki and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil. Only to find that evil … may be lurking within. – Read more about MacGruber here.

One of Us Is Lying (pilot)

“Based on Karen M. McManus’s best-selling novel, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.”

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Punky Brewster (pilot)

“In this multicamera/hybrid continuation of the iconic ’80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.”

Rutherford Falls

“Ed Helms portrays Nathan Rutherford, the eponymous denizen of a small New England town, who is having difficulty facing the inevitable changes to his way of life.”

Saved by the Bell (reboot)

“When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.” – Read more about the Saved by the Bell reboot here.

Straight Talk

Straight Talk examines what happens when two opposing ideologies are forced into an odd coupling. The main characters will be challenged by one another, making the moral lines at which they once stood harder to define.”

Peacock Library

TV

Peacock has been designed to mimic the experience of flipping through channels on a terrestrial television. To that end, both the free and premium tiers are launching with curated channels of NBC-themed content. These include channels that contain the best moments from shows such as The Office (“Office Shorts”)Saturday Night Live (“SNL Vault”), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (“Fallon Tonight”), Late Night With Seth Meyers (“Seth Meyers Now”).

There are also exclusive genre channels like CNBC Make It, TODAY All Day, CNBC Ka-Ching, American Greed, 80s Mixtape, True Crime, Kiss Me Deadly, Peacock Reality, Out of This World, Caso Cerrado and I Love Jenni.

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The free tier will include current NBC TV shows one week after they air. It will also include select episodes of Peacock originals. Most importantly it will include the following library content at launch:

  • 30 Rock
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Saved by the Bell
  • Punky Brewster
  • The Johnny Carson Show
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • Real Husbands of Hollywood
  • Everybody Hates Chris
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Downton Abbey
  • Parenthood
  • Monk
  • Heroes
  • Psych
  • The Game
  • Suits
  • Sacred Lies
  • Royal Pains
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Columbo
  • Hunter
  • The Rockford Files
  • Dateline
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Highlander
  • Leave It To Beaver
  • Munsters
  • Murder She Wrote
  • Below Deck
  • Southern Charm
  • Chrisley Knows Best
  • Botched
  • Flipping Out
  • Million Dollar Listing New York
  • Pawn Stars
  • Storage Wars
  • Real Housewives of Dallas
  • Jay Leno’s Garage
  • Shahs of Sunset
  • Undercover Boss
  • Top Chef Masters
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Hollywood Game Night
  • American Ninja Warrior Jr.
  • Kong, The Animated Series
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
  • Fievel’s American Tails andWoody Woodpecker
  • Betty en NY
  • I Love Jenni
  • Reina De Corazones
  • The Riveras
  • Preso No. 1, Caso Cerrado
  • El Baron
  • El Chema
  • Larrymania
  • Perro Amo
  • Mi Familia Perfecta
  • Quien es Quien
  • Victoria
  • Donde Esta Elisa.

Added library shows for the premium tier include:

  • Two and a Half Men
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • George Lopez
  • Jeff Foxworthy Show
  • King of Queens
  • Superstore
  • Frasier
  • Cheers
  • House
  • The Affair
  • Yellowston
  • Law & Order
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • Ray Donovan
  • Swedish Dicks
  • American Ninja Warrior
  • DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk
  • Care Bears
  • Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot.

Future Peacock TV library titles feature:

  • The Office
  • Chicago P.D.
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Med
  • Roseanne
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun
  • Bates Motel
  •  Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  •  Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • Real Housewives of New York,
  • Real Housewives of New Jersey
  • Real Housewives of Orange County
  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
  • Vanderpump Rules
  • Millionaire Matchmaker
  • Top Chef
  • Married with Children
  • Curse of Oak Island
  •  First 48
  •  American Picker
  •  Ancient Aliens
  • Cold Case Files
  • Charmed

Movies

The free tier of Peacock movies available at launch includes:

  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Tully
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Interprete
  • American Psycho
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • The Mummy
  • Joe
  • Fletch
  • Fletch Lives
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
  • Fear
  • Psycho
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Howard the Duck
  • Billy Elliot
  • The Birds
  • Willie
  • Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
  • The Last House On The Left
  • I Am Ali
  • In The Name of the Father
  • Lone Ranger
  • The Hitcher
  • Law Abiding Citizen
  • The Sting
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • One True Thing
  • Gosford Park
  • Dracula
  • Dragnet.

The premium tier adds:

  • Shrek
  • Lone Survivor
  • Ted
  • Identity Thief
  • Children of Men
  • Charlie Wilson’s War
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Frankenstein
  • Kicking and Screaming
  • Larry Crowne
  • You, Me & Dupree.

The following films are expected to arrive on Peacock sometime after launch:

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  • Trolls World Tour
  • You Should Have Left
  • Croods 2
  • Boss Baby 2
  • Spirit
  • Mama
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor
  • The Purge
  • Riddick
  • Ride Along
  • E.T.
  • American Gangster
  • ANTZ
  • Fast & Furious
  • Fast 5
  • Fast & Furious 6
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Express
  • Knocked Up
  • Bridesmaids
  • National Lampoon’s Vacation
  • National Lampoon’s European Vacation
  • Wanted
  • Evan Almighty
  • The Conjuring
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • The Dark Knight
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Scent of a Woman
  • Meatballs
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Lost In Translation
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Pitch Black
  • The Graduate
  • Police Academy
  • The Great Outdoors
  • Hostel
  • The Bone Collector
  • Robin Hood
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Break Up
  • Open Water
  • It Follows
  • Carlito’s Way
  • Sinister

Peacock Sports

Peacock is notable in its offering of live sporting events, something that only ViacomCBS’s CBS All Access can compete with among the major OTT streaming services.

Live sports available to free tier users include:

  • Four exclusive English Premier League soccer matchers on July 15.
  • Coverage of the U.S. Men and Women’s Open Championships in golf.
  • An NFL Wild Card Playoff game.
  • Select events from the now-delayed Tokyo and Beijing Olympics

Premium tier highlights include:

  • 175 exclusive EPL matchups for the 2020-21 season.
  • Cycling events like the Tour du France.
  • More than 100 hours of WWE content arriving in August including series like WWE Untold, and Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions. And compilations like John Cena’s Best WrestleMania Matches.