Forget about “Cupcake Wars,” the streaming wars are on as NBCUniversal’s Peacock joins the streaming service options. Xfinity customers get Peacock Premium included with their cable service, and we couldn’t be happier with the options we’ve gained!
Thanks to Xfinity for sponsoring this conversation about the new Peacock streaming service. As always, all opinions are our own.
What is Peacock?
Peacock is the new streaming content service from NBCUniversal. Move over Netflix, there’s a new streaming service in town and it’s taken control of our devices.
How do I get Peacock?
Since Peacock is available on a variety of devices, you need to start by downloading the Peacock application on your device. Visit PeacockTV.com and create an account to get started.
What shows can you watch on Peacock Premium?
Shows such as “Law & Order,” “Chicago Fire,” “30 Rock,” “Frasier,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Saved By The Bell,” and more are included in the classic content on Peacock Premium. Peacock Premium also features next-day access to currently airing seasons of “Law & Order: SVU,” “Blindspot,” and “Chicago P.D.”
Wondering about “The Office?”
“There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?” –Pam Beesly (Season 9, Finale)
“The Office” will remain on Netflix until 2021, but then it’ll be exclusively available on Peacock.
If live news is more your speed, Peacock also offers live news, with access to “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and more.
There are lots of new kids titles (mainly animated) coming, too! New episodes of “Curious George” and an all-new “Where’s Waldo?” series are just two shows that my nephew is excited for.
A Rabbit Hole of Shows and Channels on Peacock Premium
I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of shows on Peacock. I’ve discovered great channels like 80s Mixtape, featuring childhood shows like “Greatest American Hero” and the SNL Vault with, well, all of the best SNL oldies but goodies.
Peacock has original shows, too, like the comedy “Hitmen,” which I’m completely sucked into, as well.
While searching for fun titles to watch, I also stumbled upon “Punky Brewster,” which was legit one of my favorite shows as a kid. I can’t wait for the new version, Peacock’s Original “Punky Brewster,” out later this year! In the meantime, I have introduced my girls to the sunshine and spunk that is Punky Brewster.
The possibilities are endless. Here are a few series we have started and are looking forward to:
- Downton Abbey
- Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
- Law & Order
- The King of Queens
- Battlestar Galactica
- Two and a Half Men
- Everybody Loves Raymond
- Saturday Night Live
- 30 Rock
- Unsolved Mysteries
- 21 Jump Street
- Forensic Files
- Below Deck
- American Ninja Warrior
- Making It
- Top Chef
- Ghost Hunters International
- Parks and Recreation
How much does Peacock cost?
The answer is, it depends.
As an Xfinity customer, Peacock premium is included with our cable service. Peacock offers three tiers of monthly service (free, $4.99, $9.99) differentiated by price and advertising.
Peacock Free includes 7,500 hours of ad-supported programming, including “next-day access to current seasons of first-year NBC shows” and “complete seasons of classic shows.”
Peacock Premium is available in two tiers: $4.99 with ads, and $9.99 without ads, and includes a maximum of 5 minutes of ads per hour.
What’s the difference between Peacock Free and Peacock Premium?
Both Premium tiers included content not available to Free subscribers, such as early access to late-night shows and sports.
Premium will also include non-televised Premier League Soccer games in August and Ryder Cup matches in September.
Late Night fans with earlier bedtimes will be able to watch “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” at 8 p.m. ET each day instead of its normal TV time of 11:35 p.m. ET and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” at 9 p.m. ET instead of waiting until 12:35 a.m. ET.
This makes my soccer fans happy and me happy, too. I look forward to Jimmy Fallon but these days, staying up until 11:35 to watch “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is too much.
What devices can stream I Peacock on?
At the time of publication, you can stream Peacock on devices such as PlayStation, iOS, and Android. It seems, however, that Amazon TV and Roku TV are not yet on board with the new service. Vizio and LG smart TVs, Android TV, Xbox One, Chromecast, and Xfinity X1 & Flex are also supported by Peacock.
My iPhone and iPad see the most streaming use for our Peacock use at home and on the go.
What can you stream with Peacock Premium?
Peacock Premium has more than 20,000 hours of content, including 600 movies and 400 TV series across all 3 tiers of its service. Movies include popular series like The Bourne Series, Jurassic Park, and The Matrix. In fact, I just added Beetlejuice to my watchlist. It’s never to early to start binging shows to get me into the Halloween spirit.
Are there parental control settings on Peacock?
As a parent, parental controls are important. It’s one of the things we love about the Xfinity X1. If you’re looking for parental control settings in Peacock, you’re in luck!
Peacock features five age-related parental control settings based upon the standard TV and movie ratings that can easily be set with your Parental Controls PIN at any point in your account.
- Little Kids: Programming is specifically designed for children ages 2–6 years old. TV-Y
- Older Kids: Programming is designed for children ages 7 and older. Note that Peacock indicates that some programs may contain fantasy violence. TV-Y7, TV-Y7 FV, TV-G, G
- Family: Programs may contain material that parents find unsuitable for younger children. TV-PG, PG
- Teen: Programs may contain material that parents would find unsuitable for children under 13 years of age. TV-14, PG-13
- Adult: Adults only (i.e., ages 18 and above). TV-MA, R, NC-17, NR/UR
Our youngest just turned 13. I love the ability to control what they have access to, limiting their ability to watch shows that aren’t age-appropriate.
Have you tried Peacock yet? What are you streaming on Peacock?