It’s Peacock’s time to shine.
Am I the only one that’s starting to feel like we ask the same question every few months: Do we really need a new streaming service? The answers to this question have been mixed: Not really, in the case of Quibi, maybe in the case of Apple TV+ and HBO Max, yes in the case of Disney+. And now there’s another competitor.
Peacock launches nationwide today. And you might just end up getting it. Here’s why: It has a free option.
It doesn’t give you everything, of course which is how Peacock is trying to lure in more viewers. The free option – which, of course, also has ads – will give you access to about half the streaming service’s library. It will include rebroadcasts of current shows on NBC and Telemundo, on a one-week delay, as well as select episodes of some of Peacock’s original shows, some movies, classic shows and news. It will also reportedly include some limited sports broadcasts.
Then there’s the next tier, at $4.99 per month – though free to those who are Comcast cable customers. This tier will still include ads, but it will include all the programming, with the rebroadcasts coming the day after instead of a week later, premium movies and full seasons of Peacock Originals, as well as NCB’s Late Night shows before they’re broadcast. And yes, there’s a lot more sports too: 175 Premier League games.
Of course, we have the most expensive tier, ad-free and including all the programming, for $10 per month.
As for what’s available on the service today – though a lot of the content they were expecting to have was delayed by, you know, the pandemic, there are still some originals available right now, including:
Brave New World
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home
In Deep With Ryan Lochte
More originals will follow, including the highly anticipated:
Saved By The Bell