Peacock Explained: Cost, Release Date, Movies & Shows

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NBCUniversal is launching its own streaming service, PeacockThe platform will feature movies from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, and Illumination, along with TV shows that have been re-located from other streaming services.

In January 2019, NBCUniversal first revealed the specifics about the new streaming service, which was officially announced as Peacock the following September. Highlights of the service include original movies and television series, reboots of popular series owned by NBC Universal, and full access to classic TV shows, both from the past and present. 

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Here’s everything you need to know about how much Peacock will cost, when the platform will launch, and what content will be available.

What Peacock Will Cost

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As of now, NBCUniversal hasn’t revealed the price for a subscription, however Peacock will reportedly be free for pay TV subscribers in the U.S. and major international markets. In addition, Peacock will be available to Comcast Cable and Sky subscribers. An ad-free version will most likely be offered, but that that information will probably be part of the official monthly cost announcement. Non-cable TV subscribers can subscribe to Peacock. Peacock’s cost will undoubtedly be similar to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Amazon Prime, along with new competitors such as Disney+ and Apple TV+. Given that NBCUniversal will seemingly begin slow, potential Peacock subscribers can expect the price to be cheaper in comparison to other services.

When Peacock Will Launch In North America

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Peacock will launch in North America in April 2020, featuring over 15,000 hours of content, including 3,000 from the Spanish-language network Telemundo. The 2020 Summer Olympics, set to air on NBC, will reportedly be complemented by heavy Peacock marketing, with new series scheduled to premiere once the Tokyo events wrap up. 

When Peacock Will Launch Internationally

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Original Movies Coming To Peacock

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Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation will produce original Peacock feature films, though NBCUniversal hasn’t announced official titles or loglines.

Original TV Shows Coming To Peacock

Peacock will include original series programming, which will complement its existing catalogue of classics (more on those series below). Here are the original Peacock TV shows that will be part of the April 2020 launch.

Angelyne: From Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail, a limited series starring Emmy Rossum. It's based on The Hollywood Reporter's investigative report on the "L.A. billboard diva."

Battlestar Galactica: A reboot of the popular science fiction series from Sam Esmail.

Brave New World: Based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel, a dystopian series starring Harry Lloyd, Alden Ehrenreich, and Jessica Brown Findlay.

Dr. Death: Based on the popular podcast, a drama series following Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Jamie Dornan), a rising medical star in Dallas.

One of Us is Lying: Based on Karen M. McManus’ novel, the drama series chronicles what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four survive.

Punky Brewster Reboot: Soleil Moon Frye reprises her role from the iconic '80s sitcom. Now a single mother, Punky meets a young girl who reminds her of childhood.

Real Housewives Spinoff: An alteration of the popular reality series. Logline specifics haven't been reveal yet.

Rutherford Falls: Ed Helms stars as an upstate New York resident who fights the moving of a historical statue.

Saved by the Bell Reboot: A continuation of the famous NBC series, the Saved By The Bell sequel will focus on Slater and Jessie. Meanwhile, Zack Morris is now the governor of California.

Straight Talk: Jada Pinkett Smith stars in a series about relationships and opposing ideologies.

Who Wrote That?: A docuseries about Saturday Night Live writers.

Existing Movies And Shows On Peacock

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As mentioned previously, 15,000 hours of content will be initially be available on Peacock. Here are the main attractions:

30 Rock: Created by and starring Tina Fey, a sitcom about a fictional sketch comedy show.

100 Dias Para Volver: Telemundo's family-friendly romantic comedy.

A Beautiful Mind: Starring Russell Crowe, Ron Howard's 2001 film about mathematician John Nash.

American Pie: The 1999 teen sex comedy featuring a cast full of future stars.

Armas de Mujer: A Telemundo series from the makers of La Reina del Sur.

Back to the Future: Robert Zemeckis' 1985 time travel film classic.

Bates Motel: A horror series inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.

Battlestar Galactica: A science fiction that series that aired from 2004 to 2009.

Betty in NY: A Telemundo telenova.

Bridesmaids: Paul Feig's acclaimed comedy film.

Brokeback Mountain: Ang Lee's groundbreaking 2005 film about cowboy romance.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: A comedic procedural series starring Andy Samberg.

Casino: Martin Scorsese's 1995 crime classic.

Cheers: The beloved American sitcom from the '80s.

Chrisley Knows Best: A reality series about Georgia real estate guru Todd Chrisley.

Covert Affairs: A CIA-themed drama series.

Dallas Buyers Club: Jean-Marc Vallée's 2013 biographical drama starring Matthew McConaughey.

Do the Right Thing: Spike Lee's iconic 1989 film.

Downton Abbey: The wildly popular historical drama series.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: Steven Spielberg's 1982 science fiction classic.

El Barón: A Telemundo telenovela about a Mexican rebel.

Erin Brockovich: Steven Soderbergh's 2000 biographical drama starring Julia Roberts.

Everyone Loves Raymond: The famous TV sitcom starring Ray Romano.

Field of Dreams: The beloved baseball movie starring Kevin Costner.

Frasier: The popular Cheers spinoff starring Kelsey Grammer.

Friday Night Lights: A high school football-themed series, inspired by the original book and 2004 film.

House: The medical drama series starring Hugh Laurie.

Jaws: Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark classic.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians: The popular reality series about the Kardashian and Jenner families.

King of Queens: A comedy series starring Kevin James and Leah Remini.

Knocked Up: Judd Apatow's 2007 comedy starring Seth Rogen.

Mamma Mia!: The 2008 musical comedy film.

Married…With Children: The famous Fox series.

Meet the Parents: A 2000 comedy starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.

Monk: A mystery series starring Tony Shalhoub.

Parenthood: The 1989 Ron Howard comedy starring Steve Martin.

Parks and Recreation: The popular political satire series featuring Amy Poehler.

Preso No. 1.: A Telemundo political thriller.

Psych: The popular detective comedy series.

Royal Pains: A medicine-themed dramedy series.

Saturday Night Live: The iconic sketch comedy series created by Lorne Michaels.

Shrek: The 2001 DreamWorks film.

Superstore: A series featuring America Ferrera.

The Bourne Franchise: The action thriller movie series starring Matt Damon.

The Breakfast Club: John Hughes' 1985 high school classic.

The Despicable Me Franchise: Illumination and Universal's animated movie series.

The Fast & Furious Franchise: The iconic racing-themed movie series.

The Office: The massively popular comedy series.

The Real Housewives: A reality series about well-to-do women.

Top Chef: A reality series about chefs.

Will & Grace:  The popular series featuring Debra Messing and Eric McCormack.

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