Comcast has now provided firm confirmation that Peacock will continue to be free to select Xfinity Internet customers and Rewards members.
Peacock is a subscription streaming service that provides access to a variety of popular NBC shows and Universal movies. It is also the streaming home of many live sports that are typically shown on the NBC family of channels. All of which makes Peacock a popular service for shows, movies, and live sports.
How much is Peacock?
Peacock is technically available for free. Consumers can simply sign up for a free account and immediately start watching. However, the selection of content available with the free tier is somewhat limited. To unlock all of the content available though Peacock, consumers will need to sign up for either the $4.99 per month ad-supported Premium plan or the $9.99 per month ad-free Premium Plus plan. There is also an annual plan available which can help to save on the cost.
When did Peacock launch?
Peacock first became available in the United States in April of 2020. However, this was a beta launch with the service primarily only available to Comcast Xfinity customers. It wasn’t until July of the same year when Peacock became available nationwide. Since then, the service has continued to increase its reach by expanding device support and the variety of content available to watch.
Who owns Peacock?
Peacock is a property owned by NBCUniversal, which also means the parent owner is Comcast. This is why Peacock comes with a heavy emphasis on shows from the NBC vault and movies from the Universal catalog. Barring any possibility of a merger, this also means it is unlikely that Peacock will change ownership any time soon.
Which devices is Peacock available on?
Peacock is compatible with a wide selection of platforms and devices. making it accessible to a large number of users. As is often the case with streaming services, there are still some gaps in device support. Below is a summary of some of the more popular platforms that Peacock is currently supported on.
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Hisense TV
- LG TV
- PlayStation 4 & 5
- Samsung TV
- Vizio TV
- Xbox One, Series X, Series S
Is Peacock worth it?
Peacock can be a worthwhile subscription for some homes, and it can be particularly useful to those that want access to NBC content but don’t have a live TV subscription. It is also a useful subscription for live sports, even though it tends not to be an outright live TV replacement for many of the sports available through Peacock. At the same time, even with a live TV subscription, consumers may find some live sports events are only available through Peacock, making a subscription worth it to live TV subscribers as well.
While customers have been receiving Peacock Premium for free since launch, Comcast had confirmed that the freebie is coming to an end in June.
Comcast’s Now TV is live, offering Xfinity internet customers the option to sign up to a live TV package that costs just $20 per month.
If you are new to the Peacock streaming service, here’s a break down of what you might want to know, including the plans and their prices.
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With no free tier or free trial available, those looking to check Peacock out will now need to sign up and pay for a Premium subscription.
New subscribers can currently save $20 on the cost of a Peacock Premium or Premium Plus plan when signing up for an annual subscription.