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 $4.99 monthly and Premium Plus going for $9.99 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 — the plan with more stuff

As you'd expect from a Premium tier, there's way more content available to Peacock Premium subscribers. 

With both premium tiers — Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus — you get access to everything on the free version of Peacock plus a whole lot more.

This includes more TV shows and movies, Peacock Originals, exclusive next-day viewing for current NBC shows, live sports and live events — including WWE and Sunday Night Football.

This tier will set you back $4.99 per month, or $49.99 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 — the plan with no ads

The difference between Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus is ads. Even though you pay for Peacock Premium, what that gets you is all the extra shows and movies. You still get the commercials. 

If you want to avoid ads altogether, you'll need to pay an extra $5 a month and pick Peacock Premium Plus. It's ad-free, gets you all the extra stuff and you can 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.)

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 $9.99 per month, or $99.99 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 Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.