Is Peacock TV Right for You?

Peacock TV is NBC’s over-the-top video streaming service that was launched nationwide on July 15, 2020.  With Peacock, NBC aims to compete with Hulu and Netflix with catalog of TV shows and movies as well as offering live news and sports.  Peacock offers a free package that includes ads and a limited amount of content as well as two levels of paid packages with varying levels of ads and content.  If you’re looking for a good option to cut the cord, or you’re looking for ways to watch The Office, read below to learn more about Peacock.

 

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How much does Peacock TV cost?

Peacock offers three levels of packages starting with the base plan that is completely free.  Additionally, NBC’s parent company Comcast, offers premium plans at no cost to Xfinity customers. This is also the case for Cox customers. Be sure to check in with your specific provider to request information about bundles.

  • Peacock Free is $0/month with 7,500 hours of programming, current series, TV classics, movies.
  • Premium is $4.99/month with limited ads, 10,000 hours of programming, live news and sports, early access to new shows.
  • Premium Plus plan is $9.99/month with no ads, 10,000 hours of programming, live news and sports, and early access to new content.

What do you get with Peacock TV?

Peacock TV channels will offer a variety of NBCUniversal networks, including popular shows from the network such as MSNBC and NBC News. Shows on Peacock TV can be streamed to your computer or mobile phone one day after they air live. In addition, you'll have access to E!, Syfy, Bravo, and Univision among other channels for Spanish language programming. As noted above, your package tier determines the content you have access to, however Peacock has a large library available to consumer:
  • TV shows such as The Office, 30 Rock, Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, Everybody Hates Chris, Keeping Up with The Kardashians, Superstore, and more.
  • Movies including The Dark Knight, Space Jam, Crazy Stupid Love, Wet Hot American Summer, Beetlejuice, The Goonies, Knocked Up, Shrek, The Little Rascals, and more.
  • Peacock Original productions including Saved by the Bell, Save Me, A.P. Bio, The Departure, and more.
  • Sports content from the Premier League, WWE (starting in March 2021), Rugby, Supercross, Figure Skating, Skiing, the Olympics, and more.
  • With the Premium packages, you’ll have access to live channels such as NBC News Now, NBC Sports, Premier League TV, True Crime, Comedy Dynamics, and more.

What do you need to get Peacock TV?

For starters, you’ll need to sign up to one of their three different plans. Fortunately, the two paid plans have a 7-day free trial. You will need an Internet connection with a speed of at least 2.5 Mbps, though we advise having a faster connection if you have multiple devices connected and streaming all at once. Once that’s established, all you need is a compatible device to stream your favorite content on. Xfinity and Cox customers be able to stream Peacock TV on a compatible Xfinity or Cox set-top box.

What features come with Peacock TV?

When setting up an account with Peacock TV, you will not be required to register your device with the service. Nor will you be limited to the number of devices your account can use when streaming. In addition, you can stream on up to three devices from one account simultaneously. Currently, you can setup parental controls that can be managed by a PIN. Another feature included with the streaming service is the ability to download on a mobile device for offline viewing. However, this is reserved for the Premium Plus tier.

Can I watch Peacock TV without cable?

When Peacock TV first launched in April 2020, it was only available to Comcast Xfinity customers until July 2020 when it was rolled out to the rest of the US. Some things to consider now that it’s fully launched, is its limited live programming for its free tier. At the moment you can watch live sports and news, but any NBC broadcast shows launching their first season will have next day access. Any returning NBC broadcast series will have next week access. Also, Xfinity and Cox cable customers are offered a $5 discount on the premium tiers. Take these into consideration if you’re thinking about cutting cable.

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Peacock TV Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get Peacock on my TV?

Peacock can be streamed on a number of connected TV devices such as the LG Smart TV, Sony Bravia, and NVIDIA Shield running Android OS 5.1 or higher. Any Apple TV on the 4th gen or above on the tvOS 13 and above. Many of the Roku models and Chromecast devices, along with current gen gaming consoles such as the Xbox One and PS4. Xfinity and Cox customers will be pleased to know it works on any compatible set-top box as well. For a full list of compatible devices look here.

Is Peacock TV free?

Yes, their base plan is completely free and allows you to instantly stream thousands of hours of movies and shows.

Is Peacock TV on Roku?

Yes, after 3 months of Peacock’s launch the streaming platform now allows the service to be streamed on its devices.

What channels are free on Peacock TV?

Peacock TV primarily offers content from NBC Universal and it's affiliates. Free is a misnomer, though, as the "free" tier is $4.99 a month. You can see a list of content available within that tier at this site: https://variety.com/2020/digital/news/peacock-launch-lineup-free-streaming-premium-1234706007/

Does Peacock have local channels?

Peacock does not carry any local channels.

What shows will be on Peacock streaming?

You can see a list of some of Peacock's line up here: https://variety.com/2020/digital/news/peacock-launch-lineup-free-streaming-premium-1234706007/

Will Peacock be free for Comcast customers?

If you are an Xfinity Flex , Xfinity X1 or video customer who has a subscription to Xfinity Internet or Digital Starter TV, you can receive Peacock Premium for free.

Is Peacock on Firestick?

Yes, as of June 24th of 2021 you can stream Peacock on the Amazon Firestick.

Who owns Peacock TV?

NBCUniversal, which is subsidary of Comcast.

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