Peacock isn’t just another streaming startup. It can draw on decades of content produced by NBCUniversal’s television networks and movie studios. Here’s what you need to know about the Peacock content library.
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Where Does Peacock Get Its Content?
Peacock is owned by NBCUniversal so it gets its content from the NBC broadcast. sports and news channels. The streaming service also gets content from NBCUniversal’s cable channels as well as the Spanish-language Telemundo channel.
You’ll find movies produced by Universal Pictures and its various movie studios over the past century in Peacock’s content library. Universal owns Dreamworks Animation, Working Title Entertainment and other famous movie producers.
What Live Content is Available on Peacock?
Peacock Premium and Premium+ subscribers can get live broadcasts from MSNBC and CNBC as well as Sky News. In the future, live sports programming may be available from NBC’s sports channels.
You can also get “live” linear programming by selecting one of Peacock’s curated channels. SNL Vault, for example, is a constantly-changing selection of the best of Saturday Night Live. 80s Mix Tape replays popular NBC TV shows from the 1980s.
What Original Content Will Peacock Produce?
NBCUniversal is producing original content that will only be available on Peacock. An adaptation of Brave New World and a reboot of Saved by the Bell will appear in 2020. Plans are in place for a second Battlestar Galactica reboot and a Real Housewives “mash-up” but production delays make their launch uncertain.
What TV Shows are in Peacock’s Content Library?
With more than sixty years of broadcast history and a dozen cable channels, Peacock has a strong lineup of classic and modern TV shows. You can binge all four seasons of the first Battlestar Galactica reboot as well as the five seasons of NBC’s Sliders.
What Movies are in Peacock’s Content Library?
Originally founded in 1912, Universal has an enormous archive of movie content to contribute to Peacock. However, Peacock will rotate titles in and out to keep the catalog feeling fresh.
Right now, you can watch movies like 1973 classic The Sting or Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of King Kong. But you can’t watch any of the Jurassic Park or Fast & Furious movies.
Does Peacock On-Demand Content Have Commercials?
For most Peacock subscribers, advertising will be part of the streaming experience. Peacock’s first two pricing tiers are both ad-supported. People who use Peacock’s free service or pay for Peacock’s Premium subscription plan have to watch advertising.
The ads appear in TV shows and made-for-TV movies in the same places you’d see them on cable. Although you get the same number of commercial breaks, you have to watch one or two ads.
Movies that were released theatrically have not been edited for advertising so they run without any commercial breaks. At some point, however, Peacock may decide to run ads before the movie plays.