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What’s the difference between Peacock and Peacock Premium?

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It’s always good to have options, and the Peacock streaming service is giving that to consumers with three possible tiers to choose from — Peacock, Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus. But what’s the difference between Peacock and the Peacock Premium options?

Right off the bat, the first difference between the three versions of Peacock is price. The basic Peacock tier is a free streaming service, while Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus have standard monthly subscription fees of $4.99 and $9.99, respectively (a free trial is available). 

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Of course, a difference in price means a difference in service, so let’s look at what consumers can get for their money in each Peacock tier.

Peacock

The entry-level Peacock plan is free and ad-supported. It is estimated that viewers see around five minutes of ads per hour. But, in exchange for those five minutes, viewers get access to 40,000 hours of TV shows and movies from the NBCUniversal library. This includes seasons of The Office, 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights.

Other great stuff that's included in the free Peacock offer includes daily news, sports and pop culture-based programming, kids content and Telemundo Spanish-language shows.

All you need to start watching the free version of Peacock is to create an account on the Peacock website (opens in new tab)

Peacock Premium

Even more content becomes available to you when you decide to subscribe to Peacock's paid tiers — Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus. With either premium package, you get over 60,000 hours of content ready to view — more than enough to keep you occupied for a while. 

This includes everything in the free version of Peacock, plus more TV shows and movies, Peacock Originals, next-day viewing for current NBC shows, live sports and live events — including WWE.

The difference between Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus is ads. Even though you pay a subscription for Peacock Premium — that's for all the extra content — so you still get ads. If you want to avoid commercials altogether, plump for Peacock Premium Plus. It's ad-free and also lets you download content and watch it offline via a mobile device.

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

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.