Comcast announced today that its new streaming service, Peacock, will be available in early preview for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on April 15. The new free offering was first unveiled earlier this year, and it's set for a national rollout on July 15 with subscription tiers.
Peacock is ad-supported, meaning you won't have to pay an extra cost on top of your regular monthly bill. The free tier will give you access to more than 7,500 hours of movies and shows via mobile devices, web platforms, and connected TVs. There's a premium tier as well, which doubles the viewing hours to 15,000 for $4.99 per month, though it still comes with ads. However, if you want an uninterrupted viewing experience, you can pay an extra $5 per month to remove the ads.
Regarding today's announcement, Matt Strauss, Chairman of Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, said:
“Now more than ever there is a need for a free quality streaming service that can provide viewers with both the information they need to stay informed and entertainment they seek to escape the moment. With Peacock, we will deliver many of the best movies and TV shows of our time—as well as timely news and topical programming—and do our part to bring people together through the power of entertainment.”
Peacock will also support the Xfinity Voice Remote to let you explore content by saying "Peacock" to the device. On Flex, Peacock content will be accessible in the “New This Week” and “Free to Me” rows. You can also find movies and TV shows via a “Trending Now on Peacock.” For X1 customers, Peacock's programming can be accessed throughout the X1 guide.
Premium content includes Law & Order: SVU, 30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, Curious George, and more. You can also watch live and on-demand content across news, sports, reality and late night programs, starting with Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show: At Home Edition and Late Night with Seth Meyers.