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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The official name for the new competitor to Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+, Disney+, and the upcoming HBO Max: Peacock. (Yes, like the company logo.)
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.
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 …
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 Live, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Chrisley Knows Best, 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, Superstore, 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 9, Jurassic 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 Tale, Shrek, 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.
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:
Previously-announced Peacock drama originals include:
BSG fans, this will NOT be a remake of the amazing series @RonDMoore launched because… why mess with perfection? Instead, we’ll explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar. So say we all!
— Sam Esmail (@samesmail) September 17, 2019
And previously-announced Peacock comedy originals include:
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.