Not only did Tax Day get bumped from April 15 to July 15, but so did the anticipated launch of NBC’s new streaming platform, called Peacock.
We all got excited when a bunch of streaming entertainment hubs offered their services for free during the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
But for Peacock, free is an all-the-time kind of thing when you want to watch hit TV shows, breaking news, and live sports.
Watch current TV shows and live news & sports for free.
There’s a whole “Current TV” section in Peacock, which features America’s Got Talent, This Is Us, SNL, and plenty more.
They’ve got a library of lots of favorite shows, like Cheers, Parks & Recreation, Unsolved Mysteries, and Saved By the Bell. The Matrix, Jurassic Park, The Bourne Identity, and a number of other blockbuster movies are also available.
There’s a live news channel streaming all day, and regular access to live sporting events.
Want to just browse channels? Peacock’s got that, too.
There are 33 channels under the “Browse” tab on Peacock — all broadcasting content live. While the live sports and news channels are bound to be the most popular, viewers looking for something new to watch can tune in to the following types of live channels:
- 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
There are paid Peacock tiers — $5 and $10/month — and they unlock additional content and features.
While there’s PLENTY to love about the free version of Peacock, the full power of Peacock come with the two paid tiers. Paid members access about double the content free users get — including Peacock’s original shows and instant access to newly aired episodes of NBCUniversal show. (Free users have to wait a week.)
The first paid tier ($5/month or $50/year) opens up the full library of content, while the premium tier ($10/month or $100/year) makes everything ad-free and will soon offer an offline viewing feature. Both paid accounts offer a free 7-day trial.
Note: While ads appear on both the free and $5/month plans, Peacock told Gizmodo that they’re no longer than 5 minutes total for every hour of programming.
Peacock streams on most devices (but not Roku or Amazon Fire TV just yet).
NBC hasn’t reached a deal with those companies just yet, so if you’re looking to stream the new service on your TV, you’ll need to use one of these devices (or just stream via web browser):
- Android devices: Version 6.0 or later
- iOS devices: iOS 11 or above
- Android TV: Android 5.1
- Apple TV: Apple TV HD (4th Generation or above) with tvOS 11 or above
- Chromecast: 2nd Generation or above
- LG Smart TV: LG WebOS 3.5 or above
- Vizio TV: SmartCast 2.0 or 3.0 (from 2015 and newer)
- Xbox One
- Playstation 4
- Cox Cable Box: Contour Box with Voice Remote & Contour Stream Player
- Xfinity Cable Box: XG1v1 (Arris), XG1v3, XG1v4, XG2v2, XiD, Xi3, Xi5, Xi6 & Flex
But really, there’s a lot to watch for free on Peacock.
Check out this alphabetical tour of just a fraction of the TV shows available:
- 30 Rock
- America’s Got Talent
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Downton Abbey
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- George Lopez
- I Love Jenni
- Johnny Carson
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
- Law & Order
- Married…With Children
- NBC Nightly News
- The Office
- (The King of) Queens
- Royal Pains
- Saturday Night Live
- This Is Us
- Unsolved Mysteries
- Very Cavallari
- Will & Grace
- World of Dance
- Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist