NBCUniversal’s Peacock Streamer Unveiled

Nbcuniversals Peacock Streamer Unveiled

NBCUniversal used an investor meeting to formally announce details of its upcoming Peacock streaming service.

The service will launch with three tiers. One is the ad-supported ‘Peacock Free’ which will offer 7,500 hours of programming including access to movies and classic TV shows. That will be available to everyone.

The second is the ad-supported ‘Peacock Premium’, which offers access to a full 15,000 hours of programming including sports and NBC’s late-night talk shows which will be available to view hours before they air on the regular network. It is free to Comcast Xfinity TV and Cox Communications subscribers, but will cost $4.99 for everyone else.

The third is an ad-free version of ‘Peacock Premium’. It is $4.99 to Comcast Xfinity TV and Cox Communications subscribers but will cost $9.99 for everyone else. Original content for the service, including all the various new shows, will only exist on the ‘Peacock Premium’ tiers.

Both tiers will have access to around 400 existing TV shows including “30 Rock,” “Bates Motel,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” the three “Chicago” series, “Chrisley Knows Best,” “Covert Affairs,” “Downton Abbey,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Frasier,” “Friday Night Lights,” “The George Lopez Show,” “House,” “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” “King of Queens,” the three “Law & Order” series, “Married…With Children,” “Monk,” “The Office,” “Parenthood,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Superstore,” “The Real Housewives,” “This Is Us,” “Top Chef,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Will & Grace” and “Yellowstone”.

There will also be over 600 movies available, including the “Fast & Furious,” “Jason Bourne,” “Back to the Future,” “Shrek,” “Despicable Me,” “Meet the Fockers,” “American Pie” and “Jurassic Park” franchises along with films such as “Jaws,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Mamma Mia,” “Field of Dreams,” “Casino,” “Do The Right Thing” and “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial”. Peacock will have exclusive streaming rights to Universal’s 2020 film slate and beyond and will include them during the network TV window – effectively ending Universal’s output deal with FX.

Universal’s HBO deal however remains intact. HBO has the ‘Pay 1’ exclusive three-month window to Universal films which comes right after a feature’s disc release. FX would then get the films for a period of seven years. Now films will go theatrical, three months later hit disc, shortly after hit HBO, then three months after that come to Peacock.

The plan is ultimately to have “every single movie ever made by Universal” on Peacock. While the FX deal is over, FX will have existing Universal titles for years to come so films like “Us” and “Hobbs & Shaw” may not hit Peacock until around 2027.

The service will launch in the United States initially on April 15th but there’s a catch – only Comcast X1 and Flex customers will have access to it on that date. The service won’t launch for anyone else or in standalone form until July 15th.

There are no plans for an international rollout at this time. NBCU and Comcast are aiming to have 30-35 million active users of Peacock by 2024.

Source: Gizmodo