Skip to main content

Peacock: everything you need to know about the NBCUniversal streaming service

NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service. (Image credit: Peacock)

The Peacock lives. The streaming service from NBCUniversal is now available on most major streaming video platforms, as well as online. Plus, it's now available in certain European territories, starting with Peacock being made available to Sky TV and NOW customers for no additional fee in the UK and Ireland back in November 2021.

Peacock (so-named for the iconic NBC logo) is the streaming home for all things NBCUniversal — that's all the content from NBC and Universal combined — TV shows. Movies. Sports. Kids shows. New original series. Old favorites.

Whether you're after pricing info for Peacock Premium, you want to know where Peacock's available, or you just want to find out what's available on the service, we've got you covered. Here's what you need to know about Peacock. 

How much does a Peacock subscription cost?

There are three tiers to Peacock. A free tier, a premium tier and an ad-free premium tier.

Peacock Free

This is an ad-supported version of Peacock. It has thousands of hours of programming of many fan-favorite TV shows and movies readily available, as well as select live sports and news programming

As the name implies, it doesn't cost anything to subscribe to, you just need to sign up for an account and you're ready to go.

Peacock Premium

Peacock's premium subscription is also supported by advertising, but with this package, you get everything on the free plan plus access to Peacock Originals and other tent-pole series and movies. 

You'll also get next-day access to returning broadcast series — not just the brand-new ones — late-night talk shows, live sports like English Premier League soccer and Sunday Night Football. The Premium tier offers more than 80,000 hours of content.

Comcast and Cox subscribers get Peacock Premium for free. For everyone else, it's $4.99 a month or $49.99 if you pay annually — saving 16% on the monthly cost.

If you fancy trying out the service, now's the perfect time: for the entirety of September 2022, Peacock Premium is available to new subscribers for $1.99 per month or $20 for the full year.

Peacock Premium Plus — no ads

If you want access to everything that's on Peacock but hate commercials, you're in luck; like many other streaming services, Peacock also offers an ad-free plan.

Peacock Premium Plus will run you $9.99 a month or $99 a year annually — a saving of $20 overall.

Due to streaming rights, a small amount of programming will still contain ads even if you pick up Peacock Premium Plus.

When is Peacock available?

Comcast Xfinity X1 or Flex customers have had access to Peacock Premium since April 1. The rest gained access to Peacock on July 15, 2020.

Peacock became available to UK viewers (via Sky TV and the NOW Entertainment Pass) on November 16, 2021, and the service in a handful of European countries.

What can you watch on Peacock?

As we've explained, Peacock has all kinds of old shows and movies, as well as new originals.

Here's a small selection of the shows that you can watch right now on Peacock:

Peacock shows

  • Law and Order
  • Law and Order: SVU
  • Law and Order: Criminal Intent
  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago P.D.
  • Chicago Med
  • Yellowstone
  • Two and a Half Men
  • The George Lopez Show
  • 30 Rock
  • Bates Motel
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Cheers
  • Chrisley Knows Best
  • Covert Affairs
  • Downton Abbey
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Frasier
  • Friday Night Lights
  • House
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • King of Queens
  • Married ... With Children
  • Monk
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Parenthood
  • Psych
  • Royal Pains
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Superstore
  • Will & Grace

Watch late-night shows early on Peacock

Perhaps even more interesting is that you'll be able to watch the late-night shows earlier in the evening if you have Peacock Premium.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will be available at 8 p.m. ET (that's some three-and-a-half hours early), followed by Late Night with Seth Meyers an hour later.

Peacock Originals

Like many streaming services, Peacock has developed a slate of original shows — called Peacock Originals. Tina Fey has produced Girls5Eva — which is "about a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90s that reunites to give their pop star dreams one more shot."

Other Peacock Originals include:

  • A. P. Bio
  • Angelyne
  • Armas de Mujer
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Bel-Air 
  • Brave New World
  • Clean Slate
  • Code 404 
  • Division One
  • Dr. Death 
  • Expecting 
  • Hitmen
  • Intelligence
  • Killing It  
  • MacGruber 
  • One of Us Is Lying 
  • Psych 2: Lassie Come Home 
  • Punky Brewster 
  • Queer As Folk 
  • Rutherford Falls 
  • Saved by the Bell 
  • Save Me 
  • The Capture 
  • The Girl in the Woods
  • The Resort 
  • Vigil
  • We Are Lady Parts 


Jabari Banks as Will Smith in Bel-Air. (Image credit: Peacock)

Movies on Peacock

You'll be able to watch movies on Peacock, too. It's the exclusive home for Universal films, including F9 (the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise), Dear Evan Hansen and Candyman. Newer releases include The Northman, Firestarter, The Bad Guys, Ambulance and Jurassic World Dominion

And some old favorite movies that you're able to watch on Peacock include:

  • American Pie
  • Bridesmaids
  • Knocked Up
  • Meet the Parents
  • Meet the Fockers
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Back to the Future
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Casino
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Erin Brockovich
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Field of Dreams
  • Jaws
  • Mamma Mia
  • Shrek
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Bourne movies
  • Despicable Me movies
  • Fast & Furious movies
  • Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy

Sports on Peacock

Sports have been a big part of NBCUniversal for, well, ever, and that continues with Peacock.

Peacock simulcasts all of NBC's NFL games — including Sunday Night Football, playoff games and Super Bowl games.

If you're a fan of the UK professional football league, there are more than 2,000 hours of Premier League coverage — including more than 170 games that you can't watch on TV. You'll also get clips and replays throughout the week.

There's also figure skating, Rugby, Motorcross, speed skating and IndyCar. 

Is Peacock available on Roku?

Yes! Roku was left out at launch, but Peacock is now available on Roku devices. 

Is Peacock available on Amazon Fire TV?

Yes. Just as with Roku, Fire TV devices didn't have access to Roku at launch, but it's now available there, too!

What is Peacock available on?

As well as Roku and Amazon Fire TV, Peacock is available to watch on the following devices:

  • Android devices (Android 6.0 and up)
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K 
  • iOS devices (iOS 11 and up) 
  • Google Chromecast
  • Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex
  • LG Smart TVs
  • PlayStation 4 and 5
  • Xbox One, Series X and S consoles
  • Vizio Smartcast TVs
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers

What is Peacock UK?

Broadly speaking, Peacock UK offers viewers in the UK the chance to tune into many of the shows that were previously only available to viewers across the pond. Whether it's the original series, classic shows, or movies you're after, Sky TV customers now have access to an even bigger library of content.

The best part? Sky TV subscribers and NOW Entertainment pass holders get Peacock shows on whichever device they use to watch Sky shows at no extra fee.

Peacock UK was just the beginning of the streamer's international launch. It's now available on Sky platforms in Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. 

The What to Watch team helps you find out the how, when, where and why of sports and entertainment. We provide a comprehensive guide to all the must-see movies and shows that are coming your way. Our expert recommendations will help you decide how to make the most of your viewing time and make informed choices on the best TV and home entertainment devices to buy.