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Okay, Wait, What The Hell Is Peacock TV? Do We Really Need Another Streaming Platform?

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Photo Credit: Peacock TV / NBC

Listen here! I just woke up! Like for real for real. I threw Spotify on to get some work done while my kid is walking around the park with her aunt, and I saw an ad for Peacock TV. Pause! What TF is Peacock TV?

And since this was released this morning, I’m pretty sure you’re going to be seeing it all over today, so here’s …

Everything You Need To Know About Peacock TV

What is Peacock TV?

As Peacock’s website states …

A peacock is a bright and colorful bird commonly known for its feathery tail.

Peacock, however, is the new streaming service from NBCUniversal. It’s the best of streaming and the best of TV. And best of all, it’s free. (Sorta.)

With hit movies, current shows, timeless films, and timely updates, Peacock has tons of great entertainment that you Can’t Not Watch.

Listen, they wrote that, not me. I’m just the messenger. But I can see how you’d accidentally think I wrote that first line. I mean, who else is that sarcastic? NBC knows damn well we weren’t asking about the bird!

How much does it cost?

Peacock is free as a bird.

If you want to unlock all of the content Peacock has to offer, you can upgrade your account to Peacock Premium at $4.99 a month or $49.99 for the year.

If you are looking for the same great Peacock Premium content with fewer ads, you can sign up for Peacock Premium Plus for an additional $5.00 a month or an additional $50.00 for the year.

Oh, and if you’re not sure about the Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus plans there’s a free 7-day trial. After your 7-day free trial ends, you’ll be charged and your plan will renew automatically. But you can cancel your plan at any time within your account.

Are there ads?

Yup! (I mean, but since this thang is free, I’m sure you already guessed that.)

Oh and you can’t skip advertisements on Peacock, but you can upgrade to Peacock Premium Plus to watch with limited interruptions. *rolls eyes at limited*

Do I really need Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus?

Peacock Premium is your key to unlocking all of the content Peacock has to offer.

With full seasons of exclusive Peacock Original series, next-day airings of current NBC and Telemundo hits, can’t-miss live sports, plus every movie and show available on Peacock. There is always something new to discover on Peacock Premium.

So I’ll let you decide if you really need it. But my thoughts are at the end of this post.

Where and how can you use it?

Peacock is available across a variety of devices.

To get started, find or download the Peacock application on your device or head directly to PeacockTV.com and enter your email address to create a Peacock account.

Then, you’re ready to watch!

Web Browsers:

Chrome 70+ (Windows/Mac)
Firefox 65+ (Windows/Mac)
MS Edge 40+ (Windows 10 or above)
Safari 12+ (Mac)

Mobile and Tablet Devices:

Android: 6.0 or above
iOS: 11 or above

Connected TVs, Game Consoles, and Streaming Devices:

Android TV: Android 5.1
Apple TV: Apple TV HD (4th Generation or above) with tvOS 11 or above
Chromecast: 2nd Generation or above
LG Smart TV: LG WebOS 3.5 or above
Vizio TV: SmartCast 2.0 or 3.0 (from 2015 and newer)
Xbox One

Cable Provider Set Top Boxes:

Cox:
Contour Box with Voice Remote
Contour Stream Player

Xfinity:
XG1v1 (Arris)
XG1v3
XG1v4
XG2v2
XiD
Xi3
Xi5
Xi6
Flex

What can you watch?

Peacock has thousands of hours of iconic shows and megahit movies, plus exclusive Peacock Originals, current NBC and Telemundo hits, and the latest in news, sports, and pop culture updated daily.

Think popular NBC shows like …

30 Rock
Everybody Hates Chris
Parks and Recreation
Superstore
Perfect Harmony
Law and Order SUV
Downtown Abbey
And new original shows like Psych 2: Lassie Come Home.
You can also watch shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians and The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross ‘live’ via Peacock channels.

While you won’t be able to stream NBC shows on Peacock at their initial airtime, many of the current season shows will be available to stream within 8 days afterward. For Peacock Premium members, shows will appear a day after they air.

Can more than one person use Peacock at a time?

You are able to have up to three concurrent streams on your account. So I guessing so. But with all the other streaming platforms we have, I doubt we’ll need it.

(Click here to find out more about Peacock’s Family content and Kid’s Corner on our sister site, Popcorn and Tater Tots.)

Can I watch Peacock content offline?

Currently, Peacock content isn’t available for streaming offline. But that may change in the future.

Wait, what the hell is this purple Peacock feather icon?

The Peacock feather indicates Premium content that you can unlock by upgrading to Peacock Premium.

What’s going to happen to NBC shows on Hulu?

Actually, I have absolutely no idea right now. I’m assuming that contracts are still in play, so they’ll stay on Hulu for now, but I don’t know what’ll happen next year.

If I get news, I’ll update this section or write a new post about what’s happening. However, as of right now, NBC shows are still on Hulu.

So do we really need Peacock TV?

I mean … you want my honest opinion, right?

Okay so if I’m being honest, no, we don’t NEED Peacock TV. However, have I already made an account? Yup, yup!

Since it’s FREE .99 I don’t see the problem in downloading another app and signing up for another streaming platform.

Once I check out the kid stuff, I may also download it so my daughter has extra shows to watch when I need to kick her butt off of Netflix.

However, since the shows I really want from NBC are currently on Hulu, I don’t technically NEED Peacock.

And depending on how annoying it is to have commercials playing during my content since I’ve gotten used to no commercials at all, will determine if I continue to use Peacock.

So now that you know what Peacock TV is, tell me … will you be downloading the app?


P.s – Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to hit the share button below so your friends can read this awesome post as well. Comments are always appreciated and responded to. So gon’ and tell me how you REALLY feel! Thanks in advance! Now click around and read something else. Lol There are lots of suggestions below!

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Written by Shaye Wyllie

Shaye is an Entertainment Writer from Brooklyn, NY and a big fan of anything and everything superpowers related (especially if kids/teens are involved), cooking + baking shows (like MasterChef Junior and Cupcake Wars), teen dramas, sitcoms, comedies, and legal dramas. When she's not binging the latest series on Netflix or writing, you can find her spilling her thoughts on the Brown Side of Disney Chat or creating YouTube videos with her daughter for their new family site, Popcorn and Tater Tots.

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