What's the difference between Peacock and Peacock Premium?

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It's very rare for a streaming service to have just one price tier, and NBCUniversal's platform Peacock is no different. Depending on how much money you're willing to spend, and what experience you're looking for, there are two different picks for you.

Yes, that's two, and not three: while a Peacock Free tier used to exist, that was closed at the beginning of 2023, so you can't sign up for it anymore. Now, there are just two tiers, and both are paid.

The key difference between the tiers is price, with Peacock Premium costing $5.99 monthly and Premium Plus going for $11.99 per month, but there are other differences between these.

So let's dig in and explore the differences between Peacock's tiers. 

1. Peacock Premium

A cheaper price does not mean little to pick from on Peacock Premium. The streamer boasts there's 80,000-plus hours of TV shows, movies and live sports for subscribers to enjoy. This includes Peacock originals like Based on a True Story, Poker Face, Bel-Air and more. You can also catch up with the latest NBC shows the day after they air on live TV. 

This tier will set you back $5.99 per month, or $59.99 for a whole year which basically amounts to two months' free.

To sign up to Peacock Premium, head to the Peacock website here.

2. Peacock Premium Plus

There are two main differences between Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus. The first is ads. Even though you pay for Peacock Premium, what that gets you is access to Peacock's library of shows and movies. You still get the commercials. 

If you want to avoid ads altogether, you'll need to pay an extra $6 a month and pick Peacock Premium Plus. It's ad-free and has all of the same features as Peacock Premium, plus the ability to download certain movies and shows to watch them offline on mobile devices. 

A word of caution: you'll still have to deal with ads in a few select titles and also in live sports programming (due to streaming rights.)

The other big difference is that Peacock Premium Plus allows its subscribers to watch their local NBC channel live.

Peacock is available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Apple TV devices, as well as through games consoles, including PlayStation, and personal computers.

This tier costs $11.99 per month, or $119.99 for a whole year.

To sign up to Peacock Premium Plus, head to the Peacock website here.

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Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.