Peacock Sets July Launch Date: NBCUniversal Streaming Service Will Offer Free Tier, Ad-Free Subscriptions

Peacock Streaming Service

NBCUniversal has revealed a launch date for Peacock: The new streaming service will debut nationally on Wednesday, July 15, the company announced on Thursday. However, Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers will get early access to the platform beginning Wednesday, April 15.

It was also revealed that the service will offer a free, ad-supported tier, as well as options for ad-free service. Peacock Free and Peacock Premium (the latter of which costs $4.99 a month for non-bundled Comcast and Cox subscribers) both will come with ads, but premium customers can upgrade to an ad-free experience for an additional $5 per month. (Any customer can also purchase the ad-free experience directly for $9.99 per month.)

Interestingly, Peacock Free subscribers will only have access to “select episodes of marquee Peacock originals,” while premium subscribers will be able to watch full seasons of original projects.

Peacock has at least 20 scripted series in various stages of development, including a Saved by the Bell revival, a Punky Brewster sequel and a Brave New World adaptation. All of these original series are detailed in the gallery attached at right, which includes the projects announced on Thursday.

In addition to original series, Peacock will feature a robust selection of library content. The service will house all episodes of 30 Rock, Bates Motel, Battlestar Galactica, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Cheers, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, Friday Night Lights, House, The King of Queens, Married… With Children, Monk, The Office, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Psych, Royal Pains, Saturday Night Live, Superstore and Will & Grace.

Newly announced TV acquisitions include Dick Wolf’s Law & Order and #OneChicago franchises, George Lopez, Two and a Half Men and Yellowstone.

Additionally, Peacock Premium subscribers will get early access to NBC’s late-night series. Starting in July, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will be available at 8 pm ET each night, followed by Late Night With Seth Meyers at 9 pm ET.

Peacock isn’t the only new streaming service set to launch this year: WarnerMedia previously announced that HBO Max will go live in May (exact date TBA; for additional details, click here).

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