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Everything We Know About Peacock, NBCUniversal’s Streaming Service

Find out when it launches, how much it'll cost, what original content it will have, and what TV and movies you'll be able to stream.

by | September 17, 2019 | Comments

Coming soon to a computer or internet-connected television near you: approximately a half dozen new streaming services from major media companies — including NBCUniversal, which finally announced the details for his new venture. Called Peacock, the streaming service is set to launch in spring 2020.

Here’s everything we know so far about the service, including which shows you’ll be able to stream, what kind of original content will appear, how much it’ll cost, and more.

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What’s It Called?

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

While announcements about the content kept referring vaguely to an “upcoming NBCU streaming service,” in September CEO Steve Burke announced its official name: Peacock. (Yes, like the company logo.)


When Does It Launch?

April 2020, specific date TBD.


How Much Will It Cost?

There is no pricing information yet, but the service will be both advertising- and subscription-supported. (Read: there might be tiered pricing, a la Hulu.)


What Can I Watch On It?

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In addition to selections from NBCUniversal’s massive back catalog of film and television, Peacock will also have its own original series (comedy, drama, and unscripted) and film.

Most notably, Peacock will be the streaming home of The Office (beginning in 2021) and Parks and Recreation, as well as other NBC and classic TV series including 30 Rock, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, King of Queens, Married…With Children, Monk, Parenthood, Psych, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, The Real Housewives, Top Chef, and Will & Grace.

The film selection will include 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, Shrek, and The Breakfast Club, plus films from the Bourne, Despicable Me, and Fast & Furious franchises.

Peacock will also be a streaming home for more than 3,000 hours of Telemundo content, including the newest show from the La Reina del Sur creators, Armas de Mujer; Betty in NY; 100 Dias Para Volver; and more.


What Original Content Will It Include?

Jamie Dornan at arrivals for Hamilton Behind the Camera Awards, Exchange LA, Los Angeles, CA November 4, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection
(Photo by Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)

Original dramas headed to Peacock include Dr. Death, based on the true-crime podcast and starring Jamie Dornan; 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”); an adaptation of the classic novel Brave New World starring Alden Ehrenreich and Demi Moore; limited series Angelyne from Emmy Rossum; and an adaptation of the best-selling YA mystery-thriller One Of Us Is Lying.

Comedy originals include a reboot of Saved By the Bell featuring a grown-up Zack Morris, now governor of California; a reboot of Punky Brewster with original star Soleil Moon Frye; a new season of NBC’s un-canceled sitcom A.P. Bio; a new Psych movie; and Rutherford Falls, from Mike Schur and Ed Helms.

Unscripted series will include a new Real Housewives spinoff; a weekly late night show starring Late Night’s Amber Ruffin and produced by Seth Meyers; an original talk show from Jimmy Fallon; and a behind-the-scenes Saturday Night Live docuseries from Lorne Michaels called Who Wrote That.

While there are no specific films far enough along in the development stage to announce just yet, the official press release promised “premium original films and animated series to debut on Peacock with prominent talent and filmmakers,” plus original content from DreamWorks Animation.


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