After the gigantic success of Netflix, it seems like every channel and their dog are starting up streaming services these days. Whilst some of the newer services have limited offerings, NBCUniversal seems to be preparing something pretty that may actually rival some of the big boys on the market in the form of Peacock.
Peacock will include content from multiple NBCUniversal channels, including brand new original dramas and comedies across TV and film, classic sitcoms, blockbusters and acclaimed movies.
We’ve done some sleuthing around to find out when exactly Peacock will be launching, which shows and movies will be on there, how much it will cost, and what regions it will launch in. If you'd like to know more about what other options are available right now, take a look out our roundup of the best streaming services.
When is Peacock launching?
Currently NBC’s Peacock is due to be released in the USA for Comcast's Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on April 15 2020, and on July 15 2020 for non-customers in the USA.
NBC has stated that the service will be available for Sky customers in Europe. However, there’s currently no firm date as to when this will be, or which countries specifically will be distributed via Sky.
What countries will Peacock launch in?
Obviously, we know it’s coming to the United States. As it’s being distributed by Sky in Europe, we can probably expect it to come in the countries Sky operates in. These include:
No other parts of the world have yet been confirmed for Peacock as of yet, including Latin America, Asia and Oceania. We’ll be keeping a close eye to see if NBC strike anymore deals to syndicate Peacock in other areas.
How much will Peacock cost?
So here's a kicker to other streaming rivals; the most basic tier of Peacock will be free for all. Peacock Free will allow users next-day access to new seasons of broadcast TV, numerous classic series, movies and a selected number of the new Peacock-exclusive originals. This tier will be ad-supported.
Peacock Premium is the paid-for service, which will have two versions; ad-supported and ad-free. Both tiers will include everything in the free version, as well as next-day access to ongoing seasons of returning shows, all Peacock original episodes and early access to talk shows.
For non-customers, Peacock Premium will costs $4.99 (around £3.80) for the ad-supported version, and $9.99 (around £7.60) for the ad-free version. Comcast and Cox cable TV subscribers will get Peacock Premium for no extra cost.
What classic shows and movies Peacock?
If we listed them all on here, we’d be here for weeks. In terms of TV shows, expect to see the likes of 30 Rock, Cheers, SNL, The Real Housewives, Frasier, Bates Motel and Will and Grace - all staples of NBC.
Movies-wise, there will be a mix of titles from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animations and more. The current lineup of films expected to be on there includes American Pie, Back to the Future, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jaws, Mamma Mia!, Shrek and the Fast and Furious franchise.
What new original content will be on Peacock?
There's a whole host of slated original content on the cards with established NBC talent and titles. These include reboots of Battlestar Galactica, Saved By The Bell, MacGruber and Punky Brewster; spin-offs of The Real Housewives and SNL; and brand new content involving the likes of Mike Schur, Jada Pinkett Smith and Jimmy Fallon.
New scripted shows on the cards include Hatching Twitter, an anthology series about the infamous social media site, and The Adventure Zone, an animated series based around a family who play Dungeons and Dragons-style games together.
How to watch Peacock outside of the US
Seeing as the international release for Peacock seems like it’ll be coming later than April, viewers in other countries may still want to get access. Fortunately, we have a method that we’ve used in the past to watch Disney+ in the UK, and to watch Hulu outside if the US - through using a VPN.
VPNs (virtual private networks) can change your IP address to make it appear as if you’re browsing from another country. If you wanted to watch Peacock, in theory you’d log on to a US server on your VPN before creating an account.
Our favourite VPN provider is NordVPN; with very reasonable pricing, a decent amount of servers and a user-friendly interface. ExpressVPN is also another good option - take a look at our list of the best VPNs for streaming for more details.
In the past, some streaming services (like Disney+ and Hulu) require more steps to create a US-based account, requiring a US credit card and billing address, so NBC Peacock may also include things like this. Once it launches, we’ll test out creating an account with a VPN and update this article.