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Peacock TV: Halloween Kills, Yellowstone, Premier League, NFL and everything else


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Peacock TV is NBCUniversal’s US streaming app, with tens of 1000’s of hours of free programming, plus extra reveals, films, sports activities and originals if you happen to pay. Only paying Peacock members can entry everything on the service — and meaning the paywall is constructed round Halloween Kills, the brand new horror-movie sequel that Peacock is streaming on the similar time it is in theaters. 

You’ll want to enroll in both a $5-a-month or a $10-a-month premium tier if you wish to watch Halloween Kills, Yellowstone‘s prior seasons earlier than its fourth-season premiere Nov. 7 or any of Peacock’s different paywalled programming, just like the NFL’s Sunday Night FootballPremier League matches, cowboy drama YellowstoneWWE and The Office together with new prolonged episodes with deleted scenes. 

Peacock was one among a flood of recent streaming companies from tech and media giants that launched over the past two years. Competitors embody different new companies, like Disney PlusApple TV Plus, Paramount Plus (the revamp of CBS All Access) and HBO Max, in addition to vets like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.

But Peacock is uncommon amongst these rivals in that it has this free tier. It’s additionally uncommon among the many crop of recent companies in that it has reside sports activities and information; a lot of the latest streaming companies are targeted squarely on video-on-demand leisure alongside the strains of Netflix. Other variations: Peacock has “channels” of TV, however these aren’t livestreams of its networks. Instead, they’re curated feeds of shorter programming or full episodes, organized round themes. 

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So is Peacock value paying for? All the finer particulars are under, however mainly: Thanks to the free tier, it would not value something to strive it out for your self. But paying for Peacock could also be value it for you if you might want to stream the Notre Dame or NFL Sunday Night Football’s video games this weekend; if you happen to’re a WWE or US-based Premier League superfan; otherwise you actually wish to watch all of The Office or any of its different paywalled reveals or films. And it doesn’t matter what form of programming you wish to watch, it’s possible you’ll wish to pay for the highest tier if you happen to’ve been spoiled by Netflix into hating advertisements. 

How do I stream Halloween Kills on Peacock? Is it free? 

Halloween Kills is accessible to stream on both of Peacock’s premium, paid tiers. Subscribers to each the $5- and $10-a-month tiers can watch it at no added value. 

Anyone who watches Peacock on a free membership cannot stream Halloween Kills; you may have to improve to a premium account. 

What’s the schedule of reside Premier League matches streaming on Peacock this weekend? 

Peacock streams greater than 175 soccer matches reside this season, and it has full replays of all 380 matches. Replays of all of the matches that stream reside on Peacock will probably be out there shortly after the livestream ends, and replays of different matches can be found on Peacock 24 hours after they finish.

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This Saturday, Peacock is streaming reside: 

  • Burnley vs. Brentford at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET
  • Newcastle vs. Chelsea at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET
  • Watford vs. Southampton at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET
  • Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester United at 9:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. ET

Can I stream NFL Sunday Night Football on Peacock? 

Yes, Peacock will stream NBC’s full slate of Sunday Night Football video games on both of the paid, premium tiers. 

Take observe that, with just a few uncommon exceptions, Peacock would not stream any NFL soccer video games aside from these on Sunday night time. Unfortunately, the NFL divvies up the rights to televise and stream its video games throughout a dizzying quantity of suppliers. But so far as Peacock goes, if you happen to’re seeking to stream NFL on another day of the week aside from Sunday, typically you need to look elsewhere. 

How a lot does Peacock value, and what’s free? 

Peacock has three tiers: a restricted one which’s free, an all-inclusive one which’s $5 a month with advertisements and an all-inclusive one which’s $10 a month with out advertisements. 

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The free tier limits how a lot you possibly can watch. For instance, Peacock provides solely choose episodes of its originals free, withholding the remaining inside its paywall. Free accounts can watch the primary two seasons of The Office however no extra. And although many films can be found on this free tier, some — together with Boss Baby 2 — are blocked until you improve. This restricted free tier has entry to roughly two-thirds of Peacock’s complete catalog of flicks, present season TV, TV classics, curated day by day information, sports activities, Hispanic programming and curated channels. 

Crucially, virtually all of Peacock’s reside sports activities are behind the paywall. That means if you wish to watch any Premier League matches on Saturday, the Norte Dame faculty soccer recreation on Saturday or the NFL’s season opener on Sunday Night Football, you may have to pay to stream them on Peacock. 

The paid tiers are mainly all-access passes to the total catalog on the service. Peacock Premium is $5 a month or $50 a 12 months with promoting, or you possibly can improve to Peacock Premium Plus for ad-free viewing at $10 a month or $100 a 12 months (this Premium Plus tier can also be the one one that allows you to obtain to observe offline). 

The tiers with promoting are alleged to have not more than 5 minutes of commercials per hour.

What offers does Peacock supply? 

Some folks can rating reductions that reduce the price of Peacock in the event that they’re already prospects of sure cable corporations. Peacock provides Comcast X1 and Flex subscribers the paid variations of the service at a $5 low cost. So in the event that they wish to watch with promoting, they pay nothing for Peacock Premium; in the event that they wish to watch ad-free, they should pay $5 a month for Premium Plus. 

Cox prospects additionally get that $5-off deal. Peacock has stated it is engaged on partnerships to supply this low cost to a wider array of shoppers. 

In January, NBCUniversal stated that it reached a cope with cable firm Charter Communications for Spectrum video and broadband prospects to get an prolonged free trial to Peacock. Those provides have not begun but. 

The pricing at Peacock’s competitors runs the gamut. 

Among the companies which have ad-supported choices, Hulu is $6 a month with advertisements and $12 a month ad-free. CBS All Access expenses $6 for its tier with promoting, and $10 for the ad-free model. 

By comparability, Netflix, which has no advertisements, provides its most cost-effective tier at $9 a month, whereas its hottest plan is $14. Apple TV Plus is $5 a month, Disney Plus is $7 a month, and HBO Max is $15 a month. None of them consists of promoting. 

And none of those opponents — whether or not with advertisements or with out — provides a free tier like Peacock’s.

Does Peacock supply a free trial? 

Not anymore. 

What’s up with WWE on Peacock? 

Peacock is now the one place to stream the WWE Network. 

In March, Peacock started rolling out WWE programming simply earlier than Fastlane, the primary WWE “pay-per-view” occasion streaming on Peacock. (All so-called pay-per-view WWE occasions can be found to Peacock premium subscribers at no added value.)

Any legacy subscribers to the earlier WWE Network app and service have to sign up for Peacock to have the ability to hold watching. The upside to this modification is that now WWE Network, together with all “pay-per-view” occasions, will probably be out there on Peacock Premium for $5, or half the value of the WWE Network’s outdated service. Peacock’s $10-a-month tier will have the ability to entry all the identical WWE programming; the one distinction between between being a $5 subscriber and a $10 one is that the priciest tier strips out promoting — there is not any distinction in what you get to observe. 

Peacock has a devoted WWE web page to browse and stream all of its WWE programming, and Peacock stated it’s going to regularly add WWE Network content material to the library, making the complete WWE Network archive — together with each WWE, WCW and ECW PPV occasion in historical past — out there to stream on demand earlier than SummerSlam on Aug. 21. 

Peacock’s paid tiers are additionally dwelling to all upcoming pay-per-view occasions and the present seasons of WWE Original reveals. 

On the free tier, Peacock will even supply a brand new WWE “channel”; choose WWE Original reveals; actuality reveals like Miz and Mrs., Total Bellas and Total Divas; latest in-ring content material; and new weekly episodes of choose reside reveals like RAW Talk and The Bump, each reside and on demand.

What units assist Peacock? 

Peacock is accessible on the internet at Peacocktv.com, and it is supported on:

  • Apple units like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.
  • Google units together with Android telephones and tablets, and Android TV units, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in units. 
  • Xbox One consoles.
  • Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro consoles.
  • Vizio SmartForged TVs. 
  • LG Smart TVs.
  • Roku units.
  • Amazon Fire TV

To verify the precise fashions that assist Peacock, verify the service’s support page

What product options does Peacock have? 

  • Up to 3 units can stream Peacock concurrently from a single account. 
  • Peacock will not require accounts to register units with the service, nor will it restrict the variety of units a single account can use to stream. 
  • Peacock will not assist high-end codecs like 4K decisionexcessive dynamic vary and Dolby Atmos sound at launch, however they’re on the roadmap to be added. 
  • It will not assist profiles but, a characteristic that usually permits for numerous members of a family to maintain their viewing and suggestions separate. That characteristic can also be on the roadmap, Peacock stated.
  • Parental controls are managed by a PIN.
  • Mobile downloads can be found for individuals who subscribe to its prime tier, Premium Plus.
  • The app’s person interface will probably be in English solely. The programming on Peacock will assist any language audio or subtitles tracks that include a particular title. At launch, it’s going to have some content material with Spanish language tracks and subtitles. 

What’s up with that identify? 

Peacock is a nod to NBC’s longtime emblem and mascot. Strauss stated that calling the service Peacock was meant as an homage to NBC, however he confused that the service is licensing numerous non-NBC content material too. 

“We didn’t name this service NBC Plus. We referred to as it Peacock. In some ways, that was by design,” he stated. “Pay homage to NBCUniversal however not be restricted to simply NBCUniversal content material.” 

At the service’s unveiling in January, author, producer and actress Tina Fey stated she initially wished the title of 30 Rock to be The Peacock. “I used to be advised it was a tough ‘no,’ and that it might not cross the censors,” she stated. “And right here we’re.”

When did it launch? When will it increase outdoors the US?

NBCUniversal first launched a “preview” of Peacock’s streaming service in April 2020 for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 cable prospects and its Flex streaming prospects. Peacock launched for everybody else within the US in July. 

International enlargement will come, Peacock has stated, however it hasn’t specified a timeline.

What occurs to NBC programming on Hulu? 

For now, NBC’s reveals will hold streaming on Hulu. 

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The Office began streaming on Peacock originally of 2021.


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NBC was a associate in Hulu for years, however NBCUniversal-owner Comcast struck a cope with Disney to offer Disney full Hulu management final 12 months. That deal included phrases that primarily enable NBC to have programming stream each on Hulu and on Peacock on the similar time.

NBCUniversal can begin pulling its programming off Hulu beginning this 12 months, and by 2022 it has the appropriate (however not the duty) to cancel most of its content-licensing agreements with Hulu, Variety reported.

“It’s too early to inform” whether or not NBC will wish to go that route but, NBCUniversal Chairman Steve Burke stated on the presentation unveiling Peacock in early 2020. 

Shows and films: What’s out there to observe on Peacock?

Since Peacock is reside with a free tier, the simplest solution to get a way of what is on Peacock is to browse the service itself, though you may have to register an account with an e mail tackle to take action. If you do not wish to hand over an e mail, you too can verify third-party websites like Reelgood, which monitor streaming companies’ catalogs, to get a way of what is out there to observe. 

Generally talking, the service’s programming leans into NBCUniversal’s again catalog and its franchises, however there are a few complexities there too. 

Peacock is licensing programming from different corporations. A cope with ViacomCBS, for instance, provides Peacock previous seasons of Yellowstone, successful summer season drama on ViacomCBS’ Paramount Network.

Peacock’s free tier consists of: 

  • Next-day entry to present seasons of NBC broadcast reveals of their first season, often called freshmen collection.
  • Next-week entry (i.e., one week after episodes air) to present seasons of returning NBC broadcast reveals.
  • Select episodes of marquee Peacock originals (however not full seasons).
  • Curated style channels, which NBC has characterised as issues like SNL Vault, Family Movie Night and Olympic Profiles.
  • Selections of basic collection and fashionable films.
  • Curated day by day information and sports activities programming, together with the Olympics.
  • Spanish-language content material.

With the Premium membership, you mainly get an all-access cross. It consists of everything on the free tier plus: 

  • Full seasons of Peacock originals.
  • Next-day entry to present seasons of returning NBC broadcast reveals.
  • Early entry to NBC’s late-night discuss reveals. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will stream early on Peacock and Late Night with Seth Meyers at 8 p.m. ET — however this perk will start solely when the reveals return to in-studio manufacturing.
  • Full entry to Peacock’s library of reveals and films.
  • Additional sports activities, like Premier League soccer and the Stanley Cup finals.

Peacock additionally consists of reside programming, together with the postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Select occasions from the Tokyo and Beijing Olympics will stream on Peacock on the free tier.

Among different sports activities you can watch on Peacock’s free tier, the service could have the US Open Championship, Women’s Open Championship and an NFL Wild Card Playoff Game. In addition, the free tier could have on-demand replays of occasions just like the Triple Crown horse races, day by day highlights from NBC Sports and tons of of hours of sports activities collection and docs. 

Premium tier sports activities consists of Premier League soccer matches, protection of elite biking occasions just like the Tour de France and La Vuelta, and greater than 100 hours of WWE content material, like WWE Untold, Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions and John Cena’s Best WrestleMania Matches.

By the tip of 2021, NBCUniversal plans to dissolve NBC Sports Network, with a few of its programming finally ending up on Peacock. 

As far as information programming, Peacock will draw from manufacturers like NBC News, Sky News, MSNBC and CNBC. It’ll stream same-day broadcasts of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd; reside information channels will embody NBC News Now, Sky News and NBC/Sky Global News (a brand new channel); it’s going to characteristic clips from Today, CNBC, MSNBC, E! News, NBC Nightly News and Meet the Press; and it’s going to widen into authentic content material from the Meet the Press franchise, investigative documentaries together with full seasons of Dateline and Lock Up, and library documentaries from NBC News and CNBC.

For its originals, the corporate typically tends to depend on new collection from expertise with an extended monitor document at NBC, like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling. It’s additionally betting on reboots of reveals in its catalog with a permanent enchantment. It’s already introduced a revival of Battlestar Galactica (itself a reboot of the Seventies sci-fi collection) by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail and launched reboots of Punky Brewster and Saved by the Bell. According to Deadline, NBCUniversal hopes to make a reboot of The Office, which itself was a remake of a British collection. 

But not all Peacock’s authentic programming comes straight from NBCUniversal’s household tree. Some authentic titles, like Brave New World, are recent initiatives only for Peacock. 

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