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 and | January 16, 2020 | Comments

Here it is, the only excuse you’ll ever need to never leave your house again: more than 40(!) seasons of Law & Order and its spin-off series. Dick Wolf’s much beloved franchise is among the biggest draws of the new Peacock streaming service, which will launch on April 15. NBCUniversal announced details about its new venture in New York on Thursday, and here’s everything we know 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?

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The official name for the new competitor to Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, Disney+, and the upcoming HBO Max: Peacock. (Yes, like the company logo.)

When Does It Launch?

April 15 for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers. Other viewers will have access to the service on July 15, just in time for the network and streaming service to show off its coverage of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

How Much Will It Cost?

Peacock will be both advertising- and subscription-supported. Peacock Premium will be bundled at no cost for the 24 million Comcast and Cox subscribers, with ads from companies like Eli Lilly and Company, State Farm, Target, and Unilever. Non-Comcast and Cox subscribers can access the Premium service for $4.99 per month, and both Vomcast/Cox subscribers and other Peacock Premium subscribers can upgrade to an ad-free version for an additional $5 per month.

Peacock will also offer Peacock Free, an ad-supported version of the service with a more limited — or “curated,” as the Peacock press announcement calls it — selection of the service’s original and classic programming.

And about that lineup …

What Can I Watch On It?

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In addition to every season of the original Law & Order, and spin-offs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise — Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med will stream on Peacock. Other recent and classic series on the service will include The Office (beginning in 2021), Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Saturday Night LiveBates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Chrisley Knows BestCovert 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 PainsSuperstore, Yellowstone, The George Lopez Show, Two and a Half Men, and Will & Grace.

The film selections on offer will include exclusive streaming rights for Universal movie releases in 2020 and beyond, including Fast & Furious 9Jurassic World 3, Trolls World Tour, The Boss Baby 2, and The Croods 2, as well as back catalog entries like 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, Meet the Fockers, Shark TaleShrek,  The Breakfast Club, plus films from the Bourne, Despicable Me, and Fast & Furious franchises.

In sports, Peacock will offer viewers live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies from the Tokyo Olympics before they air on NBC, plus three daily Olympics coverage programs, including live coverage of one of the day’s most exciting events, and midday and nightly digests of all the day’s Olympics happenings.

Peacock will also be a streaming home for 2,000 hours of Premier League soccer coverage, including more than 140 matches that aren’t available on television, as well as clips and replays of the most exciting moments from the pitch, according to a Peacock press release. And the Ryder Cup golf tournament will  be coming to the service in September 2020.

Talk shows and news will also feature into Peacock’s program offerings, with, beginning in July, Peacock Premium viewers getting exclusive early access to that night’s airings of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (at 8 p.m. ET) and Late Night with Seth Meyers at 9 p.m. ET. Also, with the election just months away, breaking news coverage is part of Peacock’s programming. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and daily selections from Today and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd will stream on the service.

What Original Content Will It Include?

PEACOCK EVENTS -- "Peacock Investor Day" at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York, NY on Thursday, January 16, 2020 -- Pictured: Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Peacock)
(Photo by Peter Kramer/Peacock)

Peacock executives announced they signed a multi-year deal with comedian Kevin Hart‘s Laugh Out Loud network, which includes equity investment in the company, a first-look deal for LOL programming, and distribution of LOL’s catalog on the streaming service. As part of the collaboration, LOL will produce a Hart stand-up special and a new interview series called Hart to Heart, as well as a series of short-form content. (Pictured: Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios.)

Among the new announcements about Peacock’s original series:

  • Girls5Eva, a Tina Fey–produced comedy about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 1990s that reunites to take another shot at pop stardom;
  • The Capture, a BBC thriller starring Callum Turner, Ron Perlman, and Famke Janssen;
  •  Lady Parts, a British comedy about a Muslim punk band;
  • Expecting, a comedy from Mindy Kaling about a single woman who wants to have a child with her gay best friend;
  • Division One, a comedy from Amy Poehler and Maggie Carey, about a college women’s soccer team;
  • Clean Slate, a comedy from Norman Lear about a father (George Wallace) who tries to reconnect with his child, a trans woman (played by Laverne Cox)
  • MacGruber, a comedy series from Will Forte based on his Saturday Night Live skit and big-screen movie;
  • Intelligence, a British comedy starring David Schwimmer as an American NSA agent;
  • Code 404, a British comedy;
  • Hitmen, a comedy;
  • A racing series from Dale Earnhardt Jr.;
  • A behind-the-scenes docuseries about the USA basketball team as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics;
  • New episodes of the kids’ series Curious George;
  • And new animated series TrollsTopia, Madagascar: A Little Wild, The Mighty Ones, Cleopatra in Space, and Where’s Waldo?
TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 07: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Jamie Dornan attends the "SYNCHRONIC" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 07, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Previously-announced Peacock drama originals include:

And previously-announced Peacock comedy originals include:

  • A reboot of Saved By the Bell featuring a grown-up Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), now governor of California;
  • A reboot of Punky Brewster with original star Soleil Moon Frye as a single mother of three who takes a special interest in a little girl with a background similar to hers;
  • A new season of NBC’s un-canceled sitcom A.P. Bio;
  • A new Psych movie called Psych 2: Lassie Come Home;
  • Rutherford Falls, from Mike Schur and Ed Helms;
  • Armas de Mujer, a 10-epsiode dramedy.

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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