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Is there a Peacock free trial?

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Peacock is one of a large number of streaming services vying for people’s attention. Owned by NBCUniversal, the Peacock service features hundreds of TV shows and movies available for streaming. 

Some of the best shows on Peacock include classics like The Office and Cheers, current shows like This Is Us and Law & Order: SVU, as well as Peacock Originals, Universal movies on Peacock and lots of live sports including the Premier League, rugby, Sunday Night Football and more.

As there are so many streaming services available these days, it can be a good idea to try out a service before going all in. So how can you do that with Peacock?

 So, is there a Peacock free trial?

Strictly speaking, no. The seven-day Peacock free trial that was available for the premium services (Premium and Peacock Premium Plus) was discontinued in 2021. However, Peacock has three subscription packages — and one of them is completely free to use. 

  • Peacock free: You can sign up for the free version of Peacock over on the Peacock website (opens in new tab) or app.
  • Peacock Premium: this is the cheapest of Peacock's all-access plans because for the lower cost $4.99 per month, $49.99 a year you have to sit through ads.
  • Peacock Premium Plus: if you can't bear the adverts and want to get rid of them, then you'll need to go for the top plan — Premium Plus costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 annually. 

Although Peacock's free plan doesn't offer you everything that's on the platform, it's a great way to check the service out before you decide to sign up for a subscription.

With the free version, you'll get access to thousands of hours of library content including kids' shows, movies, daily news, sports and pop culture programming. Instead of paying a subscription fee, you'll see a small amount of advertising while you watch.

What does Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus include?

As a Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus subscriber, you'll be able to access plenty more content, including Peacock Originals like Girls5eva and Rutherford Falls.  You'll also get next-day access to current NBC/Bravo hits like Below Deck and Real Housewives

Plus you can start streaming live sports and events including Premier League soccer, golf and Sunday Night Football. Peacock was also recently the exclusive US home of the Eurovision Song Contest. 

You can watch on bags of different devices from computers, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV,  Chromecast, LG Smart TVs, as well as Xbox and PlayStation games consoles. Premium Plus subscribers can also download and watch selected titles offline.

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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.