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Is Peacock Free? Making the Most Out of Your Subscription

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When Peacock TV launched in April 2020, it offered something nobody else had — a completely free tier that anyone could get, no hidden fees or credit card necessary.

But these days, is Peacock free? Is there a Peacock free trial? What do you get with a Peacock premium account? Is Peacock premium worth it?

We’ve found all the answers to your questions and more. So sit back and relax as we tell you whether Peacock TV is a streaming service you should add to the increasingly crowded roster of entertainment options.

Of course, there are a bunch of free streaming services offering access right now.

1. Is Peacock free? Can you still get a free Peacock TV account?

A person using a laptop displaying their Peacock free subscription plan.

Is Peacock free? Sort of. While there used to be a free tier of the streaming service, Peacock did away with that in 2023. They also eliminated the free 7-day trial for the Premium accounts. (And don’t believe what you read elsewhere; we checked with Peacock ourselves.)

That said, anyone who subscribes to grocery delivery membership Instacart+ gets free Peacock Premium, which costs $4.99 per month for everyone else.

With Peacock Premium, which will give you access to shows like:

  • 30 Rock

  • America’s Got Talent

  • Cheers

  • Downton Abbey

  • Frasier

  • Law & Order

  • The Office

  • Parenthood

  • Royal Pains

  • Saturday Night Live

  • This Is Us

  • The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

  • Unsolved Mysteries

  • Yellowstone

  • Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

2. What’s different about a Peacock Premium account?

Hand holding cell phone with the Peacock TV app on the screen.

You can unlock the entire Peacock TV library with a Peacock Premium account for only $4.99/month. That means getting every season of The Office, access to live sports, and next-day access to current NBC shows.

You can also pay for a Peacock Premium Plus subscription for $9.99, which will get you everything in the Peacock Premium tier with no ads.

NOTE: Peacock will only give you five minutes of ads per hour you watch. Wayyy better than broadcast TV.

3. What original programming does Peacock Premium have?

If you’re looking to watch any of the Peacock Original shows, you’ll have to get a Peacock Premium account. Many of the first episodes are available for free, but if you’re looking to watch every episode, you’ll need a Peacock Premium account.

Here are a few of the most popular Peacock Originals:

  • Bel-Air

  • Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip

  • Based on a True Story

  • Poker Face

  • The Traitors

  • One of Us Is Lying

  • MacGruber

4. How much can I save by paying for Peacock a year at a time?

peacock screenshot showing annual plan prices

When you pay for your Peacock Premium subscription, you have the option of paying for it by the year instead of month-to-month. For the base premium subscription, you’ll be paying $49.99, and for a Peacock Premium Plus subscription, you’ll pay $99.99.

If you pay for a yearly subscription, you’ll save 16.5% with Peacock Premium and 16.6% for Peacock Premium Plus.

NOTE: As part of a special “Summer of Peacock” offer through June 12, 2023, Peacock Premium will cost only $19.99 for the year for new users.

5. Can you watch Yellowstone on Peacock TV?

A person using a laptop with the Yellowstone series page open on the Peacock website.

Yes, the only place to watch Yellowstone via streaming service is on Peacock. Seasons 1-5 of the Kevin Costner-led Western drama are available on-demand.

If you’re looking for other ways of how to watch Yellowstone for free, we’ve got you covered.

6. What are the best movies you can watch on Peacock Premium?

peacock tv harry potter collection page screenshot

If you’re looking to binge all eight Harry Potter movies, you’ll find all of them on Peacock. Plus, you’ll find tons of other new hit films and classics, including:

  • Cocaine Bear

  • Jurassic World: Dominion

  • The Bad Guys

  • The Northman

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

  • The Despicable Me series

  • The Breakfast Club

  • Field of Dreams

  • The Mummy

  • The Lorax

  • Eat Pray Love

  • 27 Dresses

  • The Fast & The Furious franchise

7. Can you watch live sports on Peacock TV?

peacock tv sports page screenshot

You can definitely watch live sports on Peacock TV. Subscribers get access to live events like the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the Premier League. Here are some of the live sports you can catch on Peacock:

  • MLB

  • Cycling

  • Sunday Night Football (NFL)

  • PGA

  • Horse Racing



  • Premier League (Soccer)

8. Can you watch WWE on Peacock?

peacock tv wwe page screenshot

If you’re a fan of WWE, Peacock is home to the WWE Network, making it the best place to watch all the WWE content. There are thousands of hours of wrestling content, including live matches and compilations of the best matches.

9. Does Peacock have live TV?


Does Peacock have live TV? You bet they do. Just head to the “Channels” section and choose the channel you want to watch. There are more than 40 channels you can choose from (and they change seasonally):

  • News: NBC News Now, Today All Day, Sky News

  • Sports: Premier League Soccer, Poker, Road to Tokyo Olympics

  • Comedy TV: SNL Vault, The Office Shorts, Fallon Tonight, Seth Myers Now, Comedy Dynamics

  • Reality TV: CNBC Ka-ching, CNBC Make It, Kardashians, Peacock Reality, In It To Win It (Game Shows), People Are Awesome, Pet Collective, Hell’s Kitchen, So … Real, Tastemade, Fail Army

  • Documentary Style TV: Kiss Me Deadly, True Crime, Unsolved Mysteries, American Greed, Out of This World

  • Spanish Language: I Love Jenni, Caso Cerrado

  • Throwback: ’80s Mixtape, The Bob Ross Channel

  • Science: Nature Vision TV, Weather Spy

NOTE: Because of licensing, you’ll see ads on the “Channel” content. Even if you have Peacock Premium Plus.

10. Which devices can you stream Peacock TV from?


Streaming Peacock TV is made simple by downloading the Peacock app onto your device, signing in, and selecting the content you want to watch. Here are the devices that Peacock TV currently supports:

  • Amazon Fire TV & Tablets

  • Android TV

  • Apple TV

  • Chromecast

  • Hisense VIDAA

  • LG Smart TV

  • PlayStation 4 & 5

  • Roku Devices

  • Samsung Smart TV


  • Xbox One, Series X, and Series S

11. How do I cancel my Peacock TV account?

If you pay for your Peacock TV account yearly, you can cancel anytime, but you won’t get a refund for the rest of the year — and you’ll still have access to Peacock for the rest of the year. If you have a monthly subscription, you’ll just need to cancel your plan before your next payment due date. And, you’ll have access to Peacock until the billing cycle ends.

To cancel your Peacock streaming service, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the main account holder’s avatar located in the upper right corner of the screen.

  2. Look for the link labeled “account” and click on it.

  3. On the account page, navigate to the “your plan” section.

  4. Click on the option that says “change or cancel plan.”

  5. Scroll down on the page until you find the option to “cancel plan.”

  6. Click on “cancel plan” to proceed with the cancellation process.

12. Can I download shows with Peacock TV?

A family sitting together in the living room, all of them looking down at a tablet.

If you want to download shows for offline viewing, you’ll need to have the $9.99/month Peacock Premium Plus account. Not every show or movie is available for download, so the shows and movies that you can download are labeled on the “Browse” menu.

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