If you’re looking for new content to watch, but you don’t want to pay for another streaming service, you’ll love Peacock TV. The new streaming service lets you watch tons of free content, as long as you don’t mind watching a few ads. Or you can pay for a subscription and get even more content ad-free. Here’s everything you need to know about Peacock TV, including how to use the app to start streaming for free.
What is Peacock TV?
Peacock TV is a new on-demand streaming service launched by NBC on July 15. Starting now, you can watch 13,000 hours of content for free, including hundreds of major motion pictures, thousands of hours of TV shows from NBC, live news, and more.
The new streaming service is named after NBC’s iconic peacock logo. The service has already been available for Xfinity Flex and X1 customers, and it was just made available to everyone recently.
What Can You Watch on Peacock TV?
Peacock TV includes an extensive library of shows from NBC, including Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and more. You can also binge-watch the entire series of Battlestar Galactica and Saved by the Bell. And, if you love reality TV, Peacock has every season of Storage Wars, Undercover Boss, and so much more.
There is also a great collection of movies, from Reservoir Dogs to The Matrix, and everything in between. Peacock has also started putting out original content, like Brave New World, a show based on the dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley.
The new streaming service comes with a wide range of content, including late-night talk shows, kids programming, sports, and more. It will also have dozens of live channels with free, curated content available to subscribers 24/7.
Is Peacock TV Really Free?
You can watch thousands of hours of content on Peacock TV for free, but it also comes with two paid subscription tiers. You can pay $5 for a premium plan to get double the content. Or you can pay $10 to get all the content ad-free and the ability to download any movie or episode.
Free – You can access about 13,000 hours of content for free when you sign up for a plan. This free subscription comes with ads, but you might only have to watch two or three minutes’ worth of ads during an entire movie.
With a free plan, you can watch old TV shows and movies, news, sports programs, as well as some original content from Peacock. This also gives you access to some of their genre channels, such as the SNL Vault and NBC’s Spanish-language programming. However, you won’t get 4K or HDR content with this plan.
Premium – With a Premium plan, you still have to watch ads, but you will get access to the entire Peacock TV library, which has about 20,000 hours of content. If you are a Comcast Xfinity TV, Flex, or Cox Communications subscriber, you can get a Peacock Premium plan at no extra charge. For everyone else, the monthly fee is $5.
With this plan, you get to enjoy all the content under the free tier, plus access to all original Peacock content and live sports programs. You also will be able to watch episodes of the current seasons of new NBC shows the day after they are aired.
With a Premium plan, you will be able to watch movies and TV shows in 4K or HDR.
Premium Plus – The third subscription tier costs $10 per month. It includes all content in the Premium tier, but you won’t have to sit through any ads. With the Premium Plus plan, subscribers can also download movies or TV shows to enjoy them offline at any time.
Noted: Both paid plans come with a 7-day free trial period.
Where Can You Watch Peacock TV?
You can stream Peacock TV on a wide range of devices, including Apple TV and Android TV. Or you can use a PlayStation 4, an Xbox One, or a smart TV like LG Smart TVs, Vizio TVs with SmartCast. Finally, you can also use devices that are powered by Google Chromecast.
On your computer, you can access Peacock using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Take note, however, that that the platform is not compatible with Roku or Amazon Fire TV devices yet.
How to Get Peacock TV
Signing up for a Peacock plan is easy. Simply go to peacocktv.com/freesignup and choose a plan. Then download the Peacock TV app to your device of choice. Finally, sign in to the app and start watching your content.
If you’re looking for other streaming services to try, check out our article on how to get HBO Max for free.