Peacock to launch April 15 to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 & Flex customers; debuts nationally July 15
Peacock strikes bundled distribution deals with Cox and Comcast, bringing service to a combined total of more than 24 million initial subscribers
‘Law & Order’ and ‘Chicago Brands’ from Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment to stream on Peacock
Peacock signs multi-year deal with Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network
‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ to stream early on Peacock each day
Exclusive live, daily Olympic programming from 2020 Summer Games featured
At a Comcast investor presentation held in the iconic Studio 8H of 30 Rock, NBCUniversal unveiled Peacock, a free premium ad-supported streaming service with subscription tiers offering more than 600 movies and 400 series, as well as compelling live and on-demand content across news, sports, late night and reality. From world-class originals and treasured hits, to blockbuster films and streaming channels, Peacock will offer consumers everything fans love to watch, all in one place.
Taking a different strategic approach, the company announced a tiered offering that gives consumers broad access to Peacock across web, mobile and connected-TV devices:
•Peacock Free: This free, ad-supported option will provide fans everywhere with more than 7,500 hours of programming. Peacock Free includes next-day access to current seasons of freshman broadcast series, complete classic series, popular movies, curated daily news and sports programming, including the Olympics, Spanish-language content, select episodes of marquee Peacock originals and tentpole series, as well as curated Peacock streaming genre channels such as “SNL Vault,” “Family Movie Night” and “Olympic Profiles.”
•Peacock Premium: Bundled at no additional cost to 24 million Comcast and Cox subscribers, this ad-supported option will additionally include full season Peacock originals and tentpole series, next-day access to current seasons of returning broadcast series, early access to late night talk shows, and additional sports – such as the Premier League – totaling more than 15,000 hours of content. Also available for $4.99 per month on all popular connected mobile and web devices for non-bundled customers.
The company expects to bundle Peacock Premium with additional partners in the coming months.
Premium customers can upgrade to an ad-free experience for an additional $5 per month, or any customer can purchase the ad-free experience directly for $9.99 per month.
“This is a very exciting time for our company, as we chart the future of entertainment,” said Steve Burke, chairman of NBCUniversal. “We have one of the most enviable collections of media brands and the strongest ad sales track record in the business. Capitalizing on these key strengths, we are taking a unique approach to streaming that brings value to customers, advertisers and shareholders.”
“Peacock will provide consumers with a destination that goes beyond movies and television, aggregating a variety of content that fans want on one service,” said Matt Strauss, chairman of Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises. “By delivering timely and topical content like breaking news, live sports and watercooler moments from late night, Peacock is uniquely bringing a pulse to the world of streaming that does not exist in today’s marketplace.”
Launch Dates & Subscriber Target:
Xfinity X1 and Flex customers will have early bird access to Peacock Premium starting April 15. And beginning July 15, taking full advantage of the massive promotional opportunity of the Tokyo Olympics, Peacock Free and Peacock Premium will be available nationally on popular web, mobile and connected-TV devices. The company expects to reach 30-35 million active accounts by 2024.
Peacock will launch with a select group of top brand sponsors, bringing in hundreds of millions of initial advertising revenue. Peacock’s launch sponsors include State Farm, Target and Unilever. Each launch sponsor will have the exclusive opportunity to define Peacock’s new advertising experience to give consumers the best content at the best price: free.
NEW CONTENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
Peacock announced a broad slate of new, high-profile TV and film acquisitions, as well as a robust programming strategy around late night, sports, kids, news, and more, including:
Peacock will stream the ratings juggernaut brands from Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment, including “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Chicago Med.” These dramas are consistently among the top-rated shows on television and among the most-streamed shows across platforms.
Peacock will also stream Paramount Network hit series “Yellowstone,” the record-breaking drama, licensed from ViacomCBS. “Yellowstone” is co-created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, and is co-produced by David Glasser’s 101 Studios. Additionally, “Two and a Half Men,” and “The George Lopez Show” from Warner Brothers were announced.
As previously announced, Peacock will offer some of the most popular NBC and classic TV series of all time, including “30 Rock,” “Bates Motel,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” “Chrisley Knows Best,” “Covert Affairs,” “Downton Abbey,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Frasier,” “Friday Night Lights,” “House,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “King of Queens,” “Married…With Children,” “Monk,” “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Parenthood,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Superstore” and “Will & Grace.”
Peacock has signed a multi-year partnership with Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud network, which includes an equity investment in the company, a first look deal with LOL, and the distribution of LOL’s catalog on the service. As part of the agreement, Laugh Out Loud will produce a Hart stand-up comedy special and an original interview series called “Hart to Heart,” and a series of short-form content exclusively for Peacock.
Additional newly announced Peacock originals include Tina Fey-produced original series “Girls5Eva,” about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the ’90s that reunites to give their pop star dreams one more shot; international series from NBCUniversal International Studios, including drama thriller “The Capture,” fresh off its rating success on the BBC in the U.K., and comedy “Lady Parts,” launching on Channel 4 in the U.K., as well as three highly anticipated new comedies from Sky Studios: “Intelligence” starring David Schwimmer, “Code 404,” and “Hitmen”; a racing series from Dale Earnhardt Jr.; and a behind-the-scenes documentary series that follows USA Basketball superstars on their journey to Tokyo, produced in partnership with the NBA.
Previously announced Peacock scripted originals include comedies “Rutherford Falls,” “Saved by the Bell,” “A.P. Bio,” “Punky Brewster,” and the movie spinoff “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home,” as well as dramas “Dr. Death,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Brave New World,” “Angelyne” and “Armas de Mujer.”
Late Night Early
For the first time ever, fans will get exclusive early access to NBC’s acclaimed late night shows. Starting in July on Peacock Premium, NBC’s late night talk shows will be streaming on Peacock beginning at 8 p.m. ET with “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” followed by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” at 9 p.m.
Peacock will give viewers a front-row seat for the most-watched event of 2020, the Tokyo Olympics. Peacock will feature live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies before they air on NBC in primetime, and three daily Olympic shows, including, “Tokyo Live,” with live coverage of one of the day’s most exciting events; “Tokyo Daily Digest,” with midday highlights of the Games; and “Tokyo Tonight,” a complement to the primetime show that will help audiences catch up on the day’s events.
Peacock will also live stream more than 1,000 hours of exclusive coverage from the Tokyo Paralympics. And following Tokyo, in partnership with the US Paralympic Committee, Peacock will add the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, 24/7, 365, featuring live coverage and can’t-miss content as America’s best athletes prepare for the 2022 Winter Olympics and beyond.
Premier League & Ryder Cup
Beginning in August, soccer fans will be treated to 2,000 hours of Premier League coverage, including more than 140 matches that aren’t available on television, as well as clips and replays of the most exciting moments from the pitch.
The Ryder Cup golf tournament will be coming to the service in September with featured groups of Europe’s and America’s best pairings.
Peacock will have the exclusive streaming rights for the 2020 Universal film slate and beyond in the network window. Films will include some of the biggest live action feature films of all time, including “Fast & Furious 9” and “Jurassic World 3.”
This is in addition to the previously announced premium original films and animated series in development for Peacock from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation, and hundreds of critically acclaimed films and box-office hits, including “American Pie,” “Bridesmaids,” “Knocked Up,” “Meet the Parents,” “Meet the Fockers,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Back to the Future,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Casino,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Erin Brockovich,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Field of Dreams,” “Jaws,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Shrek” and “The Breakfast Club,” plus franchises including “Bourne,” “Despicable Me” and “Fast & Furious.”
Peacock will have access to the first pay window for DreamWorks Animation films “Trolls World Tour,” “The Boss Baby 2” and “The Croods 2.”
Peacock will also be the exclusive streaming home to new episodes of “Curious George,” one of the most beloved children’s titles in the history of animation.
New original series from DreamWorks Animation will also stream on Peacock, including “TrollsTopia,” “Madagascar: A Little Wild,” “The Mighty Ones,” “Cleopatra in Space” and “Where’s Waldo?”
Additionally, popular family film titles from DreamWorks, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Kids will be available on Peacock including “Shrek,” “Shark Tale” and “Despicable Me.”
Unique among the major streaming services, Peacock will be home to live breaking news coverage – just as all eyes turn to the highly anticipated 2020 presidential election. NBC News NOW, the newly launched streaming network, will bring Peacock viewers “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” as well as original video from “Today” and across the NBC News portfolio. The longest-running show in television history will also be part of the newest streaming platform – with an original offering from “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” on Peacock each weekday.
In addition, NBC News will create signature, original documentaries for Peacock – delving deep into politics, biographies and history. Peacock will also be home to full episodes of “Dateline” – the true crime original. And America’s most-watched news brand will go global, with coverage of the biggest stories shaping the planet as NBC News unveils a brand-new international news network in collaboration with Sky.
Current Season Broadcast
NBC and Telemundo are home to some of the most acclaimed shows on television today. Peacock users can stream shows such as “This Is Us,” “Superstore,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Operación Pacífico” and “World of Dance” the day after they air, with access to most previously aired current season episodes, as well.
Television Series Library
Peacock will be home to a collection of iconic library television series, including marquee scripted hits “The Office,” “Yellowstone” and the Dick Wolf library (over 1,000 hours of the “Law & Order” and “Chicago” brands), unscripted series such as “Top Chef” and “The Kardashians,” kids favorites such as “Curious George,” and an expansive library of Spanish-language hits, including “Betty En NY.”
Drawing from Universal, DreamWorks, Illumination and Focus Features’ vast libraries of premier movies and franchises, Peacock will offer over 600 films in its first year after launch. Peacock films will appeal to the entire household and include celebrated titles like “Jurassic Park,” “The Fast and the Furious,” “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,” “Trolls World Tour,” “The Croods” and “Shrek.”
Peacock will offer a slate of original shows, with content for the entire household, and genres spanning drama, comedy, unscripted and kids.
Scripted Drama Originals
Peacock’s original dramas reach every corner of the drama-loving universe. From Gen-Z (“One of Us is Lying”) to adults (“Angelyne”) to sci-fi (“Battlestar Galactica”) to crime (“Dr. Death”) – anyone can get hooked on a Peacock drama.
•“Angelyne”: Limited series based on The Hollywood Reporter feature that explored the identity of L.A.’s mysterious billboard bombshell. Executive producer/star: Emmy Rossum.
•“Armas De Mujer”: From the team behind Telemundo’s hit “La Reina del Sur” comes a new dramedy series led by Mexican superstar Kate del Castillo. Four women suffer their worst nightmare: The police arrest their husbands for being linked to the same criminal organization. Accustomed to a life of abundance, they will be forced to join forces in the most unusual manner.
•“Battlestar Galactica”: From the mind of “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail comes a series that explores a new story within the “Battlestar Galactica” mythology, the eponymous TV show that saw humanity at war with Cylons, machines of their own creation.
•“Brave New World”: Based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking 1932 novel, “Brave New World” imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family and history itself. Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Kylie Bunbury, Hannah John-Kamen, Sen Mitsuji, Joseph Morgan, Nina Sosanya and Demi Moore.
•“The Capture”: A timely conspiracy thriller exploring pressing questions about surveillance and misinformation. Set in London, the modern-day spy show begins with the arrest of a former soldier, which spirals into a complex conspiracy involving manipulated video evidence. Starring: Callum Turner, Holliday Grainger, Ron Perlman, Famke Janssen, Ben Miles, Ralph Ineson, Paul Ritter, Lia Williams and Laura Haddock.
•“Dr. Death”: Based on Wondery’s hit podcast of the same name, “Dr. Death” tells the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Jamie Dornan), a rising star in the Dallas medical community. Young, charismatic and ostensibly brilliant, Duntsch was building a flourishing neurosurgery practice when everything suddenly changed. Patients entered his operating room for complex but routine spinal surgeries and left permanently maimed or dead. As victims piled up, two fellow physicians, neurosurgeon Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon Randall Kirby (Christian Slater), set out to stop him. “Dr. Death” explores the twisted mind of a sociopath and the gross negligence of the system designed to protect the most defenseless among us.
•“One of Us is Lying”: Based on Karen M. McManus’s New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, “One of Us is Lying” is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide. Starring: Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, Jessica McLeod, Barrett Carnahan, Melissa Collazo and Mark McKenna.
Nobody knows comedy like Peacock and NBCUniversal, with a dream-team including Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Michael Schur, Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon. Peacock will boast an impressive collection of comedies, including a revival of the classic sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”
•“The Amber Ruffin Show”: Each week, “The Amber Ruffin Show” will showcase Amber's signature smart-and-silly take on the week. A late-night show with just the good parts – the comedy. Executive producer/star: Amber Ruffin.
•“A.P. Bio”: When disgraced Harvard philosophy professor Jack Griffin loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing in to Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin. Starring: Glenn Howerton, Patton Oswalt, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique and Paula Pell.
•“Code 404”: Detective Inspectors Major and Carver are the top crime-fighting duo at the Met Police’s Special Investigation Unit, until Major gets gunned down on the job. But in an experimental artificial intelligence project, he’s brought back from the dead. Starring: Daniel Mays, Stephen Graham and Anna Maxwell Martin.
•“Five Bedrooms”: This is a story of five unlikely allies in life who throw caution to the wind and hit upon a unique solution to a common problem. Ignoring the nay-saying of families and friends, they're teaming up, signing contracts and buying a house together. Yes, it's a grand social experiment. It might be genius, or it might be a total disaster ... but they're not putting their lives on hold for love any longer. There's just one glaring problem: They'll have to live with each other. Starring: Kat Stewart, Stephem Peacocke, Doris Younane, Katie Robertson and Roy Joseph.
•“Girls5Eva”: When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the ’90s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5Eva?
•“Hitmen”: The hits and (more often than not) misses of two hapless, dead broke best friends trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living. Having stumbled into a career in contract killing, misfits Fran and Jamie are not your typical killers for hire. Working out of their scruffy van, each episode follows the hapless duo as they try to carry out their latest hit, inevitably derailed by incompetence, bickering, and inane antics. Starring: Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Jason Watkins, Sian Clifford and Asim Chaundry.
•“Intelligence”: A workplace sitcom set in the U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters, which is a kind of weedier, geekier, more bureaucratic version of MI5 and MI6. When an arrogant, maverick NSA agent Jerry comes over from the U.S. to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph in a power grab that threatens to disrupt the team's ability to combat cyber terrorism. Starring: David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed.
•“Lady Parts”: “Lady Parts” is an anarchic, laugh-out-loud music comedy following a Muslim female punk band called Lady Parts. It tracks the highs and lows of the band members as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussein – a geeky Ph.D. student who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist.
•“Psych 2: Lassie Come Home” (Film): Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a vintage “Psych”-style Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn and Gus return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever. Starring: James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen and Tim Omundson.
•“Punky Brewster”: In this continuation of the iconic ’80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy, a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky a lot of her younger self. Executive producer/star: Soleil Moon Frye. Also starring: Cherie Johnson, Quinn Copeland, Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos, and Noah Cottrell. Freddie Prinze Jr. guest stars in the pilot.
•“Rutherford Falls”: A small town in upstate New York is turned upside down when local legend and town namesake, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) fights the moving of a historical statue.
•“Saved by the Bell”: When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality. Starring: Mario Lopez (producer), Elizabeth Berkley (producer), John Michael Higgins, Josie Totah and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
•“The Kids Tonight Show”: “The Kids Tonight Show” is the only late-night talk show for kids, by kids. Kids doing a monologue, kids playing games, and kids interviewing the biggest stars in the world. It’s everything fans love about Fallon, but the kids are in charge.
•“Who Wrote That”: A docuseries that gives a behind the scenes look at “Saturday Night Live's” most important writers.
Peacock’s original kids shows will feature top IP from DreamWorks as well as the first new “Curious George” episode in six years.
•“Archibald’s Next Big Thing”: From the creative mind of Tony Hale (“Veep”), “Archibald’s Next Big Thing” is the story of Archibald Strutter, a chicken who “yes-ands” his way through life. Archibald and his siblings live in Crackridge, a close-knit community filled with an ensemble of quirky characters. Archibald’s adventurous spirit often gets him in over his head, but he always manages to leave his world better than when he found it. Through Archibald’s unique perspective, viewers discover things are seldom perfect and instead learn to focus on the humor and beauty of life’s imperfections.
•“Dragon Rescue Riders”: Executive produced by Jack Thomas (“Dragons: Race to the Edge”), “Dragons: Rescue Riders” takes the young heroes to new highs when Dak, Leyla and their dragon friends find strange crystals that change their powers in fantastic and unexpected ways. And to new lows when they discover the sunken city of Valantis – a place filled with much dragon knowledge and danger.
•“DreamWorks Where's Waldo?”: “DreamWorks Where’s Waldo?” brings the iconic character to life in a new animated series from executive producer FM De Marco (“Spy Kids: Mission Critical”) and co-executive producer John Tellegen (“Spy Kids: Mission Critical”). Twelve-year-old Waldo and his best friend Wenda are members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society – the international order of curious travelers who circle the globe celebrating cultures and solving problems through observation. Their mentor – Wizard Whitebeard, a seasoned wanderer – sends these inquisitive young adventurers on international travel missions so they can earn their stripes and someday become wizard-level wanderers too. But standing in Waldo and Wenda’s way is their rival Odlulu, who can’t help but cause trouble wherever she goes.
•“Curious George”: For more than 60 years the world has followed the adventures of a curious little monkey named George and his friend the Man with the Yellow Hat. Created by Margret and H.A. Rey, “Curious George” was first published in 1941 and has remained consistently beloved by children ever since. This animated series continues with that tradition as it introduces George to a whole new adoring generation. With a focus on education, the series incorporates early science and math content and draws upon George's curiosity-driven adventures to target pre-school age viewers. George's entertaining and ultimately informative experiences have proven to parents and children worldwide that there is nothing wrong with wanting to learn about the world around you!
Peacock will be home to fascinating sports documentaries that capture the excitement, passion, and intrigue of sports’ most compelling stories.
•“Dream Team 2020”: Follow USA Basketball’s top superstars on their journey to Tokyo in this exclusive, behind-the-scenes documentary series produced in partnership with NBA Entertainment. Go inside the 2020 Dream Team's training camp, exhibition games and preparation for the 2020 Olympics, where Team USA is expected to make another gold medal run.
•“Hot Water: In Deep with Ryan Lochte”: At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Lochte was at the center of a scandal that has since overshadowed his long and decorated swimming career. Now a 35-year-old husband and father of two young children, Lochte is hoping for one more chance to make Team USA, and prove he's not the same man he was four years ago.
•“United States of Speed”: From Jesse Owens to Carl Lewis to Maurice Greene, there is a proud tradition of sprinting success in the United States. However, in recent years, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt has been unbeatable at the Olympics. Now that the fastest man of all time has retired, meet the Americans who aim to put Team USA back on top in the sprints.
•“Run Through the Line”: Nike founder Phil Knight and his friends take viewers through the creation of his world-renowned company and the ambitions he still chases at 81 years young. Based loosely on Knight’s best-selling memoir, “Shoe Dog.”
•“The Greatest Race”: You probably remember where you were when you saw it. Michael Phelps and his teammates had fallen hopelessly behind race favorite France in the 4x100 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In the final leg, 32-year-old American Jason Lezak was losing ground to Alain Bernard, the 100m world record holder and anchor of the seemingly unbeatable French team. Then the impossible happened. Hear from the swimmers on both sides of the epic relay as we revisit “The Greatest Race.”
•Untitled Dale Earnhardt Jr. series: Created and hosted by Earnhardt Jr., this series is an exploratory look at great racing cathedrals of the past. “Dale Jr.” tells the stories of speedways that have been forgotten, abandoned, and overtaken by nature.
Scripted Series Library
Peacock will be home to the best scripted series library, including favorites like “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” the Dick Wolf library (“Law and Order” & “Chicago” brands), plus classics such as “30 Rock,” “A-Team,” “Cheers,” “Covert Affairs,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Downton Abbey,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Frasier,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Heroes,” “House,” “Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “King of Queens,” “Knight Rider,” “Leave it to Beaver,” “Magnum P.I. (1980),” “Miami Vice (1984),” “Monk,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Parenthood,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Psych,” “Roseanne,” “Royal Pains,” “Suits,” “The George Lopez Show” and “The Mindy Project."