News

Everything We Know About Peacock, NBCUniversal’s Streaming Service

Peacock launches July 15. Here's how much it'll cost, what original content it will have, and what TV and movies you'll be able to stream.

by and | July 13, 2020 | Comments

Here it is, the only excuse you’ll ever need to never leave your house again: more than 40(!) seasons total of Law & Order and its spin-off series. Dick Wolf’s much beloved franchise is among the biggest draws of the new Peacock streaming service, which will launch on July 15.

(Rotten Tomatoes is also a division of NBCUniversal.)


What’s It Called?

NBCUNIVERSAL LOGOS -- Pictured: "peacocktv.com" Logo -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)
(Photo by NBCUniversal)

The official name for the new competitor to Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, Disney+, and the recently-launched HBO Max: Peacock. (Yes, like the company logo.)


When Does It Launch?

Comcast customers got a “sneak peek” on April 15. Other viewers get access to the service on July 15. The timing was meant to coincide with the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which have now been postponed due to health concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.


How Much Will It Cost and Where Can I Watch It?

Peacock will be both advertising- and subscription-supported.

Peacock Premium begins at $4.99 a month and includes some ads. There’s an option to go ad-free for an additional $5 a month. The minimal-ad offer is currently bundled at no cost Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers and a similar trial promotion will be available at launch to Android and Android TV users and some others. Starting on July 20, this tiered model will also be available on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation 4 systems. As of now, it will not be accessible through Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

Those who don’t want to shell out for a(nother) streaming service can partake of Peacock Free, the fully ad-supported tier.

And about that lineup …


What Can I Watch On It?

NBC
(Photo by NBC)

In addition to every season of the original Law & Order, and spin-offs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise — Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med — will stream on Peacock. Other recent and classic series on the service, or that will eventually be on the service, include:

Through a content licensing agreement with ViacomCBS, Peacock’s library will also include TV shows like Ray Donovan, The Affair, Everybody Hates Chris and Real Husbands of Hollywood. Classic films from the Paramount library, such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Godfather trilogy and Catch Me If You Can, will hit Peacock in limited exclusivity windows throughout 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The film selections on offer will also include exclusive streaming rights for Universal movie releases such as Jurassic World 3, Trolls World Tour, The Boss Baby 2, and The Croods 2, as well as back catalog entries like American Pie, A Beautiful Mind, Back to the Future, Bridesmaids, Brokeback Mountain, Casino, Dallas Buyers Club, Do the Right Thing, Erin Brockovich, E.T., Field of Dreams, Jaws, Knocked Up, Mamma Mia!, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Shark TaleShrek,  The Breakfast Club, plus films from the Bourne, Despicable Me, and Fast & Furious franchises (including Fast & Furious 9).

English football fans can cheer that NBC Sports and Peacock will also broadcast more than 175 exclusive Premier League matches on Peacock Premium during the 2020-21 season and that, in total, that tier of the service will have than more than 1,500 hours of Premier League live match and shoulder programming.

Talk shows and news will also feature into Peacock’s program offerings, with, beginning in July, Peacock Premium viewers getting exclusive early access to that night’s airings of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (at 8 p.m. ET) and Late Night with Seth Meyers at 9 p.m. ET. Also, with the election just months away, breaking news coverage is part of Peacock’s programming. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and daily selections from Today and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd will stream on the service.


What Original Content Will It Include?

Programs available upon launch include:

Some programs in the works:

  • Law & Order: Hate Crimes, yet another spin-off in Dick Wolf’s Law & Order franchise.
  • Girls5Eva, a Tina Fey–produced comedy about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 1990s that reunites to take another shot at pop stardom.
  •  Lady Parts, a British comedy about a Muslim punk band.
  • Expecting, a comedy from Mindy Kaling about a single woman who wants to have a child with her gay best friend.
  • Division One, a comedy from Amy Poehler and Maggie Carey, about a college women’s soccer team.
  • Clean Slate, a comedy from Norman Lear about a father (George Wallace) who tries to reconnect with his child, a trans woman (played by Laverne Cox).
  • MacGruber, a comedy series from Will Forte based on his Saturday Night Live skit and big-screen movie.
  • Code 404, a British comedy.
  • Hitmen, a comedy.
  • Dr. Death, based on the true-crime podcast and starring Jamie Dornan.
  • The limited series Angelyne from Emmy Rossum.
  • An adaptation of the best-selling YA mystery-thriller One of Us Is Lying.
  • A reboot of Battlestar Galactica from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail (which will not be a remake of the 2004 series, but rather a “new story within the mythology”).
  • A reboot of Saved By the Bell featuring a grown-up Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), now governor of California.
  • A reboot of Punky Brewster with original star Soleil Moon Frye as a single mother of three who takes a special interest in a little girl with a background similar to hers.
  • A new season of NBC’s un-canceled sitcom A.P. Bio.
  • Rutherford Falls, from Mike Schur and Ed Helms.
  • Armas de Mujer, a 10-episode Spanish-language dramedy.

Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

cooking teaser die hard 007 asian-american cartoon Comedy Central game show comic Television Critics Association American Society of Cinematographers book Brie Larson anthology The Purge Baby Yoda nfl quibi boxoffice TruTV screen actors guild Black Mirror DirecTV Grammys FOX Toys stand-up comedy game of thrones MTV Comedy Crackle remakes Mindy Kaling 72 Emmy Awards NBC TLC free movies 24 frames The Academy Red Carpet DGA Year in Review sequel disaster based on movie The Witch comedies football Awards halloween tv DC streaming service Fantasy obituary universal monsters Star Wars facebook ITV Photos TCA 2017 PaleyFest scorecard SXSW elevated horror Thanksgiving Amazon Prime FX on Hulu technology 71st Emmy Awards independent Food Network Britbox Epix kids MCU anime National Geographic YouTube Red Countdown Emmys spinoff GoT jamie lee curtis casting Disney+ Disney Plus Set visit cancelled TV series 2018 Ellie Kemper streaming latino 45 Country Interview Watching Series TIFF zero dark thirty spy thriller Turner San Diego Comic-Con true crime fast and furious HBO Ghostbusters SDCC Apple TV+ Tarantino mutant Kids & Family USA Network Heroines biography binge spanish language romance Martial Arts ABC psycho thriller Sci-Fi TCM Tomatazos RT History YouTube Premium CNN travel Paramount critics superhero japanese Cosplay Creative Arts Emmys Spike crime thriller versus tv talk First Look Women's History Month toy story Trophy Talk Awards Tour X-Men what to watch cars criterion Holidays Cannes space Pet Sematary nbcuniversal science fiction vampires Amazon Prime Video emmy awards laika Shudder VICE HBO Max TV Land Starz best AMC spanish Stephen King Hear Us Out social media CBS Reality Competition documentaries Pop TV news ratings a nightmare on elm street Quiz TNT History Film Festival Arrowverse Amazon Studios BET canceled war archives revenge Elton John cancelled spider-man IFC NYCC Biopics Music Lifetime Mary Tyler Moore hollywood sequels Winter TV Nickelodeon Premiere Dates DC Universe Tumblr Captain marvel TCA Awards ESPN CBS All Access psychological thriller CMT political drama Classic Film cops Super Bowl Video Games Universal Adult Swim Turner Classic Movies Columbia Pictures Pride Month 21st Century Fox composers singing competition Marathons 4/20 FXX serial killer venice Walt Disney Pictures Nominations theme song Trailer Hallmark screenings Summer rotten movies we love justice league worst halloween Funimation crime canceled TV shows TCA Shondaland OWN 2020 Superheroes police drama Lucasfilm documentary zombie movies Song of Ice and Fire BBC One natural history unscripted french mission: impossible spain witnail IFC Films Marvel Television Calendar Apple concert crime drama USA films stop motion The Walking Dead sitcom Box Office batman Showtime Teen Action WGN 2019 New York Comic Con Western richard e. Grant Chilling Adventures of Sabrina APB dceu robots adventure Hulu crossover Certified Fresh Valentine's Day historical drama SundanceTV renewed TV shows CW Seed adaptation television Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reviews Disney zombies Esquire italian Mary poppins Mary Poppins Returns Lionsgate VH1 dc Disney Channel period drama video on demand miniseries series FX dark Netflix Christmas movies diversity LGBTQ TV renewals Musical Paramount Network Rocketman Travel Channel First Reviews reboot indie dragons nature LGBT OneApp Opinion Black History Month strong female leads cats Comic Book Syfy YouTube Fall TV chucky Sony Pictures scary movies PlayStation Oscars Sundance A&E parents south america Binge Guide Infographic Extras sports green book Spectrum Originals Rom-Com child's play comiccon Best and Worst Marvel Musicals video Masterpiece Ovation Trivia Avengers Spring TV RT21 Winners hist supernatural cancelled TV shows Crunchyroll TCA Winter 2020 Sneak Peek finale joker Logo discovery cinemax VOD children's TV Bravo TV slashers transformers movie Apple TV Plus satire Mystery politics Academy Awards cancelled television YA A24 stoner Character Guide all-time comics Schedule 20th Century Fox toronto GIFs Election Dark Horse Comics Anna Paquin Lifetime Christmas movies Christmas Writers Guild of America Discovery Channel Rock Endgame El Rey Netflix directors Pop Sundance Now mockumentary Television Academy classics WarnerMedia ghosts name the review rotten Polls and Games sag awards romantic comedy dogs Warner Bros. ABC Family Superheroe The Arrangement TBS Horror cults Disney streaming service Drama Disney Plus blaxploitation Rocky Freeform Fox News festivals DC Comics Pirates Fox Searchlight foreign twilight Film PBS President aliens harry potter Animation Emmy Nominations worst movies Reality franchise Comics on TV MSNBC BBC Podcast blockbuster Tubi Hallmark Christmas movies Cartoon Network Nat Geo Amazon Holiday E! E3 2016 animated award winner Acorn TV medical drama festival Marvel Studios docudrama talk show breaking bad GLAAD 2017 dramedy Chernobyl werewolf indiana jones Vudu HBO Go Mudbound BBC America hispanic Pixar Family BET Awards christmas movies Star Trek golden globes 2015 Sundance TV The CW Peacock See It Skip It doctor who BAFTA