In early 2020, just as everyone had to stay home due to the coronavirus, Peacock, owned by NBCUniversal, launched as a limited-access service. Although it’s still quite new compared to other streaming services, it’s quickly become a family favorite due to its budget-friendly cost and great content library.
Want to know what channels you get with Peacock? We’ll walk you through them, as well as all the other on-demand content you get with your subscription.
And if you’re a new subscriber and you’re looking for things to watch, we’ve also created a free TV Guide for Peacock that you can use to learn what’s playing on any Peacock channel at any time.
Peacock’s Plans & Pricing
If you don’t already know about Peacock‘s prices, here’s the lowdown.
Peacock has three service offerings. The first is a free, ad-supported plan that provides access to a limited amount of content, with no option to watch live sports. The second is the Peacock Premium plan that, while still ad-supported, unlocks all of Peacock’s content. Finally, the Peacock Premium+ plan removes most advertising for an extra monthly fee.
You can learn more about Peacock‘s plans and pricing here.
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At the moment, if you’re an Xfinity customer, you’ll get the Peacock Premium plan free as part of your broadband service. You can always choose to upgrade to the Peacock Premium+ plan if you want to lose the ads.
The ads appear in on-demand TV shows and made-for-TV movies during the same commercial breaks you would get on live TV, but it’s slightly better with Peacock. You only have to watch one or two ads, and the breaks last for a minute or less. That makes it a lot less intrusive than what you experience on live TV. Movies that were released in theaters have not been “edited for TV” and do not have commercial breaks.
The Complete Peacock Live Channels List
The budget-friendly streaming service comes with a good selection of sports, entertainment, documentary, and food channels to explore.
Here’s a full list of live Peacock channels included in the paid subscriptions:
- American Greed
- Caso Cerrado
- The Choice
- CNBC Ka-Ching
- CNBC Make It
- D&D Live
- Fail Army
- Fallon Tonight
- Hell’s Kitchen
- In It To Win It
- Kiss Me Deadly
- Laugh Here
- NatureVision TV
- NBC NEWS NOW
- NBC Sports on Peacock
- Olympic Channel
- Peacock Reality
- People Are Awesome
- Saved by the Bell
- Seth Meyers Now
- Sky News
- SNL Vault
- Telemundo Series
- The Pet Collective
- The Rotten Tomatoes Channel
- TODAY All Day
- True Crime
- Unsolved Mysteries
- Weather Spy
- WWE Network
- 80’s Mixtape
Other Peacock On-Demand Content
With a free Peacock subscription, you get 7,500 hours of ad-supported content, including next-day access to episodes of brand-new NBC shows, as well as a rotating lineup of classic movies and TV shows. For example, you’ll get the first 2 seasons of The Office to watch completely for free.
If you get a premium subscription, you’ll get a huge selection of over 20,000 hours of television series and movies, including classics like Jurassic Park and The Mummy, to cult favorites like American Psycho and Dracula, and all-time favorite TV shows like The Office, 21 Jump Street, Downton Abbey, and Parenthood. Peacock also hosts a ton of reality TV content, including the shows Below Deck, Million Dollar Listing New York, Southern Charm, Botched, Flipping Out, Pawn Stars, Real Housewives of Dallas, Storage Wars, Shahs of Sunset, Top Chef Masters, and Hell’s Kitchen.
With a Peacock premium subscription, you’ll also get on-demand access to all of NBC’s current season shows so you can re-watch them at your leisure. This includes episodes of Dateline, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Saturday Night Live, Chicago Med, America’s Got Talent, and more.
You can read more about Peacock’s full content library here.
The Common Questions
How Bad is Advertising on Peacock?
TV shows and made-for-TV movies already have commercial breaks built in, and Peacock uses all of them. Expect five breaks during a one-hour TV episode. But the experience isn’t as bad as it is on cable since the ads only last between twenty and sixty seconds. Theatrically-released movies in the on-demand catalog do not have commercial breaks.
Does Peacock Have Any Paid Add-Ons?
No, there are no “upgrade” features or premium content add-ons. As long as you choose either the Premium or Premium+ monthly subscription plans, you get full access to all of the content and features on Peacock.
Does Peacock Have Extra Hidden Fees?
Even though Peacock is ultimately owned by a cable company, you won’t find any hidden fees.
You can cancel a paid Peacock subscription at any time without having to pay a cancellation fee. However, you won’t be refunded any unused time. Instead, you’ll keep your access to Peacock through the end of the current month.
Does Peacock Offer a Free Trial for New Users?
Yes! New users will be able to try Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium+ for seven days without paying a fee. Of course, the free option will always be available.
Xfinity broadband customers already get Peacock Premium free of charge, but they can see what the ad-free experience is like by getting a seven-day free trial of Peacock Premium+.
Ready to give Peacock a try? You can check out our full review if you need more info before you buy.
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Tara Khudairi is a freelance content writer and copywriter based in Toronto. Since 2014, she has contributed to brands and blogs alike to tackle popular topics relating to technology, personal finance, entertainment, travel and lifestyle. Whether it’s the latest streaming service or cryptocurrency, she’s passionate about making the complex simple. When she’s not busy typing away, you’ll find Tara watching Netflix’s latest true crime doc or a classic 90’s horror flick.