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

For those with a cable, satellite, or live TV streaming subscription, Peacock is free with your plan. While pricing hasn’t been announced, for those without a pay-TV subscription, you should be able to subscribe to Peacock for $5-10 a month depending on if you want an ad-supported or ad-free experience.

When the service launches in April 2020, 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 reboots of Save By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and Battlestar Galactica. They also have shows like Rutherford Falls (Ed Helms), Dr. Death (Alec Baldwin), and a behind-the-scenes docs-series about Saturday Night Live.

Peacock will also become the exclusive home for Parks and Recreation (October 2020) and The Office (January 2021).

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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Review

We plan to test Peacock, as we have with other subscription streaming services. While not confirmed, Peacock is expected to be compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, iPhone/iPad, Web Browsers, and Android Phone/Tablet.


Features

Profiles

For now, we don’t know whether Peacock will be offer user profiles. With most streaming services now offering profiles though, it wouldn’t be surprising if they follow suit.

Parental Controls

Just like other streaming services, Peacock will let you set restrictions on what can be watched. It’s expected that you will be able to unlock these with a PIN.

Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, HBO NOW, Hulu, Netflix, and SHOWTIME also have parental control features.

Simultaneous Devices

Just like the NBC App, Peacock will likely let you stream on multiple devices at the same time. As of right now though, Peacock hasn’t disclosed the exact number of devices.

No Ads

Peacock displays ads while watching content.

Offline Downloads

Peacock is built on the same platform as Sky’s Now TV platform, which supports offline downloads. While they haven’t announced it yet, it is likely on their ad-free plan that they will support offline downloads.

No International Access

When you leave the country, you will likely only be able to access content you’ve already downloaded to your mobile device.

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Tech Specs

4K
1080p
720p

1080p HD

Nearly all content on Peacock is in HD. The service doesn’t yet offer any content in 4K.

Stereo Sound
Some Surround

Stereo/Surround Sound

Some shows and movies on Peacock are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Peacock doesn’t support Dolby Atmos audio.

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Compatible Devices

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