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Peacock Will Get Exclusive Streaming Rights to Universal Films 45 Days After Theatrical Release

Ben Bowman

Starting in 2022, most films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Illumination and DreamWorks Animation will stream on Peacock 45 days after they debut in theaters.

The 2022 roster will include “The 355,” a globe-trotting spy thriller with Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger and Lupita Nyong’o; “Ticket To Paradise,” starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts; “The Black Phone” starring Ethan Hawke; “Marry Me” with Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson; new movies from DreamWorks Animation including “The Bad Guys”; “Downton Abbey: A New Era”; a new Michael Bay thriller called “Ambulance”; and “Halloween Ends.”

After the Peacock debuts, the films will enjoy a 4-month run before moving to Amazon Prime Video for 10 months. In September, Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh said, “Innovation around ‘windowing’ is sort of going to be part of what makes us successful over time, we believe.”

This strategy is in contrast to entertainment companies like WarnerMedia, which will only supply films to HBO Max and Disney, which will split its slate between its Disney+ and Hulu services. Other companies like Liongate and Sony are happy to play “arms dealer,” sending their films to the highest bidder.

“As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content for Peacock, films are essential to that mix,” said Kelly Campbell, President, Peacock. “The team at Universal Filmed Entertainment Group are fantastic partners and we are excited to bring their amazing slate of blockbuster films and beloved franchises to Peacock as early as 45 days after their theatrical release, and provide a steady stream of fresh, original films exclusively for Peacock customers throughout the year.”

2022 Films Coming to Peacock

  • The 355

    January 5, 2022

    A group of top female agents from American, British, Chinese, Colombian, and German government agencies are drawn together to try and stop an organization from acquiring a deadly weapon to send the world into chaos.

  • Ticket to Paradise

    September 9, 2022

    Clooney and Roberts will play a divorced couple that teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.

  • The Black Phone

    May 29, 2022

    Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.

  • Marry Me

    February 9, 2022

    Music superstars Kat Valdez and Bastian are getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns, seconds before her vows, that Bastian has been unfaithful, she decides to marry Charlie, a stranger in the crowd, instead.

  • The Bad Guys

    March 17, 2022

    When the infamous Bad Guys are finally caught after years of countless heists and being the world’s most-wanted villains, Mr. Wolf brokers a deal to save them all from prison.

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    April 27, 2022

    The Crawley family goes on a grand journey to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the dowager countess’s newly inherited villa.

  • Ambulance

    March 16, 2022

    Decorated veteran Will Sharp, desperate for money to cover his wife’s medical bills, asks for help from his adoptive brother Danny. A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: $32 million.

  • Halloween Ends

    October 13, 2022

    Four years after the traumatic events of Halloween in 2018, the nightmare ends as Laurie Strode comes face to face with Michael Myers, once and for all.

Peacock

Peacock is a subscription video streaming service from NBCUniversal that gives access to up to 15,000 hours of content including original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series.

It will include news, entertainment, sports, late-night, and reality from various NBCU properties including NBC, Bravo, and E!.

Just like other streaming services, Peacock will have their own original series including Bel-Air, Girls5Eva, Rutherford Falls (Ed Helms), Dr. Death (Alec Baldwin), and a behind-the-scenes docs-series about Saturday Night Live.

The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like the entire Dick Wolf library including Law & Order and Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.

The service will also feature blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and content acquired from Hollywood’s biggest studios.

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