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 now has something 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. It will also broadcast the highly-anticipated 30 Rock reunion upfront episode.
We’ve done some sleuthing around to find out when exactly Peacock will be launching in different countries, 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 available now in the USA for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, and non-customers in the USA will get their hands on it on July 15 2020.
Customers with Google devices – Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices – will get the free Peacock platform on this date as well.
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.
You can get a good idea of what the service will be about in the trailer below:
What countries will Peacock launch in?
Obviously, we know it’s available in 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. There will be a seven-day free trial available for Peacock Premium.
Comcast and Cox cable TV subscribers will get Peacock Premium for no extra cost. Android and Android TV device users will get a three month trial worth a Peacock Premium as well.
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. Trolls World Tour will also get it’s streaming debut here.
The service has also made a licensing deal with ViacomCBS, which means Peacock will include a number of Paramount films and movies. Well known titles coming to Peacock from here include Ray Donovan, The Affair, Charmed, Undercover Boss, Everybody Hates Chris, The Godfather Trilogy, American Beauty, and Catch Me If You Can.
What new and 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.
Peacock also has streaming rights in the US to over 175 Premier League matches in the 2020-21 season, with live matches and shoulder programming.
You can take a further look at our list of the best shows coming to Peacock.
How to watch Peacock outside of the US
Seeing as the international release for Peacock will be coming at a later day, 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 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. You may also be able to watch The Billboard Music Awards through using this method.