Although Peacock seemed like yet another streaming service when it launched into a crowded market in mid-2020, NBCUniversal’s decision to offer a freemium business model has gotten the fledgling service some traction. If you wondering what Peacock costs in 2022, we’ll help you decide which subscription plan makes sense for you. Flixed has also created a streaming service guide for Peacock that lets you see what content Peacock has to offer without even going to the site.
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How much does Peacock cost?
Peacock launched by offering 3 ways to access its content. The first is a free tier that gives you limited, ad-supported access to some NBCUniversal content and live streams. The other 2 plans are paid.
Peacock Premium is a traditional subscription plan available monthly or at a discount if paid annually. While still ad-supported, it gives you full access to Peacock’s live and on-demand content library. Peacock Premium+ gives you all the content, removes the ads, and lets you watch select titles offline.
How much advertising is on Peacock?
TV shows and made-for-TV movies already have commercial breaks built in and Peacock uses all of them. Expect 5 breaks during a one-hour TV episode. But the experience isn’t as bad as it is on cable. The ads only last between 20 and 60 seconds. Theatrically-released movies in the on-demand catalog do not have commercial breaks.
NBCUniversal hopes that the light-touch approach will make people more likely to watch the ads. And since Peacock collects more data on who is watching which ads on which shows, NBCUniversal’s advertising group expects to get advertisers to pay more to reach targeted audiences.
Does Peacock have any paid add-ons?
You won’t find any “upgrade” features or premium content add-ons with Peacock. As long as you choose either the Premium or Premium+ monthly subscription plan, you get full access to all of the content and features on Peacock.
People choosing the free-to-watch service will find a limited selection of TV shows and movies. Peacock has not disclosed whether the free-to-watch service will be defeatured as well.
Does Peacock have extra hidden fees?
Even though Peacock is ultimately owned by a cable company, you won’t find any hidden fees. Outside of any fees or taxes that your government might charge you, the subscription plan fees you see are all that you’ll pay for Peacock.
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 billing period.
Does Peacock offer a free trial for new users?
When Peacock launched nationally in the summer of 2020, new users were able to try Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium+ for 7 days for free. Of course, the free option was also available.
Unfortunately, Peacock’s 7-day free trial for its Premium plans was discontinued, but the free plan is still available and should give you a good idea of what the platform has to offer in terms of content, usability and features. You can also check out the full Peacock channel list to see what’s there before signing up.
However, Xfinity broadband customers already get Peacock Premium free of charge. they can also see what the ad-free experience is like by getting a 7-day free trial of Peacock Premium+.
Is Peacock worth it?
Signing up for Peacock’s free plan is a no-brainer. Whether you want to shell out more money for another streaming service is another question completely. However, its ad-supported plan is one of the most affordable streaming options out there and its extensive library and channel lineup are packed with content.
Chris Casper is a former tech industry product manager who escaped from California for New Mexico. Now he writes about science and tech while searching for the perfect green chile sauce.