Peacock - NBCUniversal’s latest streaming platform - is available to stream now in the United States. Coming in three tiers - Peacock Free, Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus - there’s plenty to enjoy on this new subscription service, with a catalogue of NBC classics and new exclusives on the way.
Sadly, Roku users (and Amazon Fire TV customers) will be missing out on this new app, as the company didn’t manage to reach an agreement with NBCUniversal to get the platform on Roku devices in time for launch (though it may become available further down the line).
With that in mind, what are the workarounds you can try to still watch Peacock on the big screen if you’re a Roku customer?
Ways to watch NBC Peacock on a Roku TV
At the moment, there is no direct app for NBC Peacock on Roku devices. However, you can still connect other devices to your TV and cast the app onto your screen. Here’s a few things to try at home:
- Purchase a Chromecast and screen share to your TV using either the Peacock app or website
- If you have an Xbox One or PS4, link this up to your TV and download the game app of Peacock
- If you have a smart TV, check if the Peacock app is available on there
- Link up your laptop/PC to your TV with a HDMI cable and watch NBC Peacock directly through the browser
It's worth noting that whilst we had success streaming via a HDMI cable from a Windows laptop, some readers have reported having issues using a HDMI, with the error screen below coming up:
Whilst we don't know exactly the issue causing this, we suggest either trying a few different browsers, or a different device altogether. We'll be investigating this to find out more and will update this piece if we get further information.
Can you sideload the Peacock app onto Roku TV?
You most likely will not be able to sideload the Peacock app onto a Roku TV device. However, you should be able to do this with an Amazon device, so you could pick up a Fire Stick to connect to your TV and sideload NBC Peacock via this method.
We have further details in our guide to sideloading apps onto an Amazon Fire TV device here. We haven’t specifically tested this with Peacock yet, so proceed at your own risk.