NBCUniversal is slowly revealing more details about its upcoming video streaming service: Peacock.
The company recently revealed the name, which is based on NBC’s colourful peacock logo, and said it'll offer cord-cutters a slate of original series from showrunners who have worked with NBCUniversal, as well as TV shows and movies from the Universal arm of NBCUniversal. It'll therefore effectively compete with CBS All Access, Showtime, HBO Now, and the new Disney+.
Here's everything we know so far about Peacock.
What is NBCUniversal Peacock?
Peacock is an upcoming video streaming service that will draw on NBC Universal's properties, including news, sports, cable unscripted, and Spanish-language divisions, to offer subscribers a full catalogue of content. It's described as having dramas, comedies, unscripted series, movies, and kids' content, as well as "timely and timeless moments" like the Olympic games and the 2020 election.
NBCUniversal said the name Peacock is a "nod to NBC’s iconic logo and NBCUniversal’s rich legacy of creating beloved films, TV series, characters, and franchises that have been at the epicenter of pop culture and will continue to define the future of entertainment".
Peacock TV show and movie lineup
Peacock will offer original programming and plenty of hits from "the vaults of NBC", including The Office and Parks and Recreation. It will even "take center stage" somehow during the 2020 Summer Olympics. In total, at launch, Peacock will have over 15,000 hours of content.
Here are three "takeaways" NBCUniversal is really promoting:
- Original dramas: Including Battlestar Galactica reboot from Sam Esmail; Dr. Death Starring Alec Baldwin, Jamie Dornan, and Christian Slater; Brave New World featuring Demi Moore; Armas de Mujer from the team behind Telemundo’s La Reina del Sur
- Classic comedies: Including Parks and Recreation and The Office, which will run exclusively on Peacock. Additionally, 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Saturday Night Live, Will and Grace, King Of Queens’ and Married With Children.
- Original comedies from Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Mike Schur, Ed Helms, Jada Pinkett Smith, Rashida Jones, and Tracey Wigfield.
In terms of shows, you can expect NBC classics like: 30 Rock, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Chrisley Knows Best, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, KUWTK, King Of Queens, Married…With Children, Monk, Parenthood, Psych, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, The Real Housewives, Top Chef, and Will and Grace.
Peacock will also feature blockbusters and acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination, and Hollywood’s biggest studios. These movie titles will include: American Pie, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, A Beautiful Mind, Back to the Future, Brokeback Mountain, Casino, Dallas Buyers Club, Do the Right Thing, Erin Brockovich, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Field of Dreams, Jaws, Mamma Mia!, Shrek, The Breakfast Club, and franchises like Bourne, Despicable Me, and Fast and Furious.
Telemundo, a major Spanish-language network, will even be available on Peacock. You can expect 3,000 hours of Telemundo, including popular titles like 100 Dias Para Volver, Betty in NY, El Baron and Preso No. 1.
None of the shows announced have set premiere dates at this time.
Peacock will offer original dramas, including:
- Dr. Death: Based on a podcast starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, and Christian Slater.
- A Battlestar Galactica reboot. It's coming from Mr. Robot producer Sam Esmail
- Brave New World: Based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley and starring Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) and Demi Moore
- Angelyne: A limited series from Emmy Rossum.
- One of Us Is Lying: Based on the New York Times best-selling mystery-thriller.
- Hatching Twitter series: It tells the “tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles that accompanied the meteoric rise of the infamous tech company,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. It “will explore the real masterminds behind it all, how it was done, and the colossal ramifications the technology will have on our future.”
- Division One: A "coming-of-age comedy about an underdog women’s collegiate soccer team that gets a new female coach - a former professional soccer player who’s fallen from grace - and must decide whether or not they’re going to take the risk of trying to be great.”
Peacock will offer original comedies, including:
- Rutherford Falls: Co-created by Mike Schur, Ed Helms, and Sierra Teller Ornelas, and starring Ed Helms.
- Straight Talk: From Rashida Jones and Jada Pinkett Smith
- A reboot of Saved By the Bell from Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock), featuring Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez.
- Punky Brewster: Starring Soleil Moon Frye as a grown-up version of her character
- A new season of A.P.Bio starring Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt
- A second movie spinoff from the long-running series Psyc.
- The Adventure Zone is a "side-splitting and heart-filled fantasy animated comedy series that follows an unlikely, poorly equipped trio and their beleaguered Dungeon Master as they reluctantly embark on a quest to save their world.”
- MacGruber: After sitting in prison for a decade MacGruber is out and finds himself facing down Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. All characters from the original film appear to help save the world.
- Clean Slate: A Norman Lear’s comedy about a Southern car wash owner who reunites with his estranged child, a trans woman named Desiree, played by Laverne Cox.
- Expecting: Mindy Kaling stars as an independent woman named Ellie who becomes a mother with her gay best friend, Jonathan. Ellie asks Jonathan if he’ll donate his sperm, and they tackle becoming a family together.
- Girls5Eva: A new Tina Fey-produced show about a 90s girl group that reunites.
Peacock will feature unscripted programming, including:
- Who Wrote That: A new Saturday Night Live docuseries from creator Lorne Michaels, exploring the famous personalities in front of and behind the camera.
- An original talk show series from Jimmy Fallon in collaboration with Matador Content and Universal Television Alternative Studio.
- A weekly late-night show starring Amber Ruffin and produced by Seth Meyers
- And a spinoff of Bravo’s The Real Housewives franchise.
Universal Pictures is developing original films and animated series for Peacock. DreamWorks Animation will create original animated content for Peacock, too. Exact titles and loglines have yet to be revealed, however.
Peacock will have original Spanish dramedies, including:
- Armas de Mujer, a new series from the makers of La Reina del Sur
Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment
Peacock will also stream nearly all of the shows from Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment, including Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med.
How do you watch Peacock?
Presumably, you will be able to access Peacock on most streaming media players and smart TVs, though a supported device list is not yet known.
Does Peacock require cable?
No. It won't require a cable subscription and will be available in both ad-supported and ad-free tiers.
How much does Peacock cost?
Peacock will be available in three tiers:
- Peacock Free: A free option that comes with limited programming. It consists of 7,500 hours of programming, including next-day access to current seasons of NBC shows, Universal movies, SNL, Vault, and Family Movie Night.
- Peacock Premium with Ads: An ad-supported version that is free to existing Comcast customers and $5-a-month for everyone else. It includes everything Peacock Free has, but also live sports and early access to late-night shows. Comcast and Cox cable subscribers will get free access to Peacock Premium with ads, or they can pay just $5 per month for an ad-free version.
- Peacock Premium: A $10-a-month ad-free subscription option that is open to everyone. This tier combines the two earlier tiers, ditches the ads, and includes non-televised Premier League soccer games.
Is Peacock available yet?
Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex US customers will get access to Peacock Premium from 15 April. It will launch nationally on 15 July.
Where will Peacock launch?
It's coming to the US. An international rollout hasn't been announced.