Peacock launched on July 15, 2020. Named after the NBC logo, the service primarily offers shows and movies from NBCUniversal studios as well as some third-party content providers. With a combination of TV shows, films, news, and sports programming, the network has reached 24.5 million monthly active accounts with 9 million paid subscribers on top of that. It’s an idea that has been in the works since 2019 with the streaming service gradually growing in popularity and offering more app support than previously. Peacocktv.com/tv
Content is typically taken from the NBCUniversal library and also includes shows and movies from the likes of Universal Pictures and Universal Television. NBC has declared it has at least 40,000 hours of content with an additional 20,000 hours of content for Premium subscribers. Current episodes of NBC shows become available on Peacock the day after their premium for Premium subscribers with non-subscribers gaining them a week later. Besides conventional streaming content, Peacock also has a lineup of around 25 curated digital linear channels for people that want to dip into ‘regular’ TV from time to time. They are designed to emulate traditional broadcasting, albeit on a streaming network.
Peacock offers a mixture of original programming and shows you can see elsewhere. For instance, its exclusives include Bel-Air, the reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as sci-fi show Brave New World, which premiered in 2020. Shows like Saved by the Bell and MacGruber are possible to watch as part of Peacock with plenty of unscripted content, reality TV, and variety shows like late-night talk shows, The Amber Ruffin Show. Third-party content changes frequently on the service but it’s suitably varied. NBC recently arranged to produce a music competition series similar to the Eurovision Song Contest to complement its existing coverage of the European music show. For sports fans, NBCUniversal has exclusive distribution rights to the WWE Network streaming service. It also carries many Premier League soccer matches, NFL games, and Olympics coverage. For sports fans, it’s arguably the second-best streaming network after ESPN+ thanks to offering so many different options from the Super Bowl to the latest Premier League matches.
Peacock works like most other major streaming services. It offers a series of plans including a free limited service plan. In any case, all you need to do is enter your email address and sign up for an account. From there you can choose to either commit to the free plan or subscribe to the service. There are pros and cons to each plan which we will get into later. Once you have decided, you can sign in via almost any other device. Peacock works through your web browser but there are also multiple different devices to use if you prefer a dedicated solution. There is no need for any special equipment as Peacock works through many popular devices from smart TVs to games consoles, streaming devices, as well as your phone or tablet. It takes moments to set up so there is no need to be tech-savvy before diving in.