Two months after its nationwide launch in July, NBCUniversal's free service makes its way to Roku's popular streaming platform.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Comcast and Roku have come to an agreement months after NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service launched. Peacock will be available to stream on Roku in the coming weeks. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Comcast that will bring Peacock to Roku customers and maintains access to NBCU’s TV Everywhere apps,” a Roku spokesperson said. “We look forward to offering these new options to consumers under an expanded, mutually beneficial relationship between our companies that includes adding NBC content to The Roku Channel and a meaningful partnership around advertising.” The decision comes after Comcast and Roku got into a public argument over the status of dozens of NBCUniversal apps. Comcast threatened to pull the apps as... Continue reading…
NBC fans are in the crossfire as Peacock remains absent on Roku.
Streaming app Peacock has free movies and TV shows, and it unlocks more -- like originals -- if you pay. But you still can't stream it on a Roku.
NBCUniversal's streaming app Peacock has free movies and TV shows, and it unlocks more -- like originals -- if you pay. But you still can't stream it on a Roku.
Sponsored, the largest network of human resources (HR) executives, resources and education for HR, has opened registration for the second annual Global HR Tech Virtual Symposium, happening October 5 – 9, 2020.The symposium was designed to help the HR community keep up with constant changes in HR technologies.The current global pandemic has proven to require an even stronger need for the latest, most secure HR technology and software to keep teams connected, productive, and safe.All aspects of the symposium are crafted to help HR professionals feel confident implementing new technology within their organizations.Recognized as the largest HR tech event last year, the Global HR Tech Virtual Symposium welcomed more than 16,400 registrations from around the world, with registrants from more than fifteen countries.Professionals had the opportunity to select and attend any of the complimentary webcasts and informational sessions throughout the themed tracks of the virtual HR tech event.Fifty percent of those attending were in a managerial position or higher.Almost half of attendees were from organizations with 1,000+ employees, from companies such as Unilever, Adidas, Amazon, Apple, AOL, Intel Corporation, NBCUniversal, and many others.
It'll star SNL's Kate McKinnon as tiger-loving Baskin.
Disney owes part of its early streaming success to its expansions into India and Western Europe — proving, as Netflix did, how crucial global audiences are in the streaming wars. Business Insider broke down what we know about how the various legacy-media companies are expanding their streaming businesses internationally, and what hurdles they'll face. Players including Disney and WarnerMedia will have to navigate pre-existing distribution deals and figure out which brands to peg their platforms to, experts told Business Insider. Disney and its rivals are also learning that some streaming markets may be more valuable than others. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Disney Plus is winning the early race among legacy media's nascent streaming services with 60.5 million paying subscribers in its first nine months. A chunk of Disney Plus' growth this past quarter came from its combined offering in India with Hotstar, a locally established streamer, and growth in the prior period came partly from Disney Plus' expansion into Western Europe. The international impact on the platform's early success shows how crucial global audiences are in the streaming wars. Netflix first proved this in 2017 when its international subscriber base overtook its US audience. International viewers still fuel Netflix's subscriber growth. With streaming competition heating up in the US, Disney, ViacomCBS, and WarnerMedia shared in recent weeks new plans to expand their services internationally. Legacy media will face challenges their tech rivals didn't when pushing overseas, experts told Business Insider, including navigating pre-existing distribution deals and figuring out which brands to peg their platforms to. But these players need to the lay out the groundwork now for what will likely be a long road abroad. "We're talking about services that are only profitable at scale," said Eric Haggstrom, forecasting analyst at Insider Intelligence. "Growing user base and brand early on is very important." Here's what we know about legacy media's international streaming plans, so far:  Disney's Disney Plus is available in more than a dozen countries, and is pushing into the Nordic regions, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Indonesia, and Latin America later this year. The media company is also pegging to its Star brand an upcoming international streaming offering that will house Disney-owned content that isn't a fit for the family friendly Disney Plus, including ABC Studios, Fox TV, FX, Freeform, Searchlight, and 20th Century programming. No international plans have been announced for Hulu and ESPN Plus. ViacomCBS's free, streaming-TV service, Pluto TV, has already expanded into parts of Europe and Latin America. The company is also planning to launch in 2021 an international streaming service that will feature programming from all its brands, including Showtime, starting in Australia, Latin America, and the Nordic regions. WarnerMedia's flagship streaming service HBO Max is eyeing entry into Latin America, as Bloomberg's Lucas Shaw reported. The company has yet to reveal a timeline or concrete details on the expansion. Discovery said it will soon announce a streaming service that will encompass much of it non-fiction programming, including HGTV, Food Network, and Animal Planet programming. Like its legacy-media competitors, it'll probably roll out stateside first, but few details have been revealed. The company also has US-based apps for some of its media brands, like its Food Network Kitchen subscription. Lionsgate has been expanding its domestic pay-cable network Starz internationally through platforms like Prime Video Channels, internet providers like Orange and Vodafone, and direct-to-consumer apps. Its international direct-to-consumer service, StarzPlay, launched in the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, and Mexico last year, and is slated to launch in 20 more territories this year. Through a joint venture, the Starz brand also streams in the Middle East and North Africa with StarzPlay Arabia.  NBCUniversal plans to expand Peacock internationally but hasn't yet shared details. Disney and WarnerMedia are constrained by their legacy operations in ways their tech rivals aren't Apple TV Plus demonstrated the advantage tech companies have in streaming when it launched in November, around the time Disney Plus debuted in a few countries, in more than 100 territories around the world. As a tech company, Apple had the infrastructure in place to move into much of the world overnight.  Disney is building that infrastructure, but it's also encumbered by pre-existing international licensing deals in ways Netflix and others streamers aren't. Since Netflix started releasing originals, it has hustled to secure the global rights to that content where possible, while also distributing or coproducing local projects, such as India's "Sacred Games," Spain's "Money Heist," and the UK's "The Crown," to appeal to audiences around the world. "Netflix did a lot of things right, particularly in terms of reaching out to local directors and producers to make sure the programming they're making is appropriate for the market," Alan Wolk, analyst at TVREV, told Business Insider. "That was a great lesson for everybody else on how to roll things out internationally." Before Disney follows Netflix down that road with its forthcoming international streaming service, it'll have to claw back the rights around the world to its own programming, such as ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" or Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale," which air and stream on local channels in the UK and other parts of the world.  "The biggest issue in general for these services is they've already sold a lot of their content into longterm deals internationally," Haggstrom, the Insider Intelligence analyst, said.   In the UK, Comcast's Sky airs and streams shows from both WarnerMedia's HBO and ViacomCBS's Showtime. Some HBO and Showtime shows also stream in India on Disney's Hotstar. That doesn't mean WarnerMedia's HBO Max and ViacomCBS's forthcoming streaming service can't expand into the UK or India. But it does make their entries a tad more complicated. Legacy media had to deal with this before launching in the US, too, by the way; Disney, for one, had to retrieve the rights to the Star Wars films for Disney Plus.HBO's existing distribution deals may be part of why HBO Max is looking to Latin America first. WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar, who was the founding CEO of Hulu, knows how crucial it is for streaming services to get their international rollouts right. Hulu pushed into Japan, but never expanded more broadly. Netflix, on the other hand, aggressively pursued international expansion, and overtook Hulu's audience by a wide margin. "I'd say it was a mistake, and one of my biggest regrets was not being able to persuade the board of Hulu to go international," Kilar told Bloomberg's Lucas Shaw in August. Netflix had 193 million subscribers as of June, where Hulu has 35.5 million. Some international markets may be more valuable than others as legacy media charts its streaming expansion As legacy media expands streaming internationally, Disney, ViacomCBS, and others will also need to consider which markets are the most lucrative. Netflix started reporting its financials by international region this year, which gives more insight into streaming markets globally. The US and Canada, and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, bring in the most revenue per paying subscriber. In regions like Latin America and Asia-Pacific, Netflix's average revenue per subscriber has declined as its audiences have grown. Disney Plus' average revenue also dropped last quarter to $4.62 because of its price point in India, where it launched as part of the bundle with Hotstar. Excluding Disney Plus Hotstar, the service's average revenue was $5.31 per paying subscriber, the company said. "Netflix is a major player in all those markets," Haggstrom said. "The newcomers are going to have to look at, how concentrated is the market? And what is the revenue opportunity in the market, both in terms of ads and subscription options?" Some markets, like India, may be more accepting of ad-supported services if it keeps down the costs of subscriptions, Haggstrom said. Starz first established its brand internationally in the Middle East and North Africa, through its joint-venture, StarzPlay Arabia. After the service gained traction — and Starz was acquired by Lionsgate in 2016 — Starz starting expanding in 2019 its own StarzPlay offering in parts of Europe and Latin America, as a home for Starz dramas, Lionsgate movies and TV shows, and premium programming licensed from third parties. It plans to push into more territories this year. Lionsgate said it had 11.4 million streaming subscribers globally as of June, including StarzPlay Arabia and the Spanish-language service, Pantaya. Legacy players are pegging their services to their strongest international brands Legacy streamers like Disney may have advantages moving into international markets where their brands are well known. Disney is a behemoth at the international box office with Marvel, Disney, and other films, and has international touchstones through its theme parks in Europe and Asia. Warner Bros. and DC films are also big at the global box office. ViacomCBS has an international TV footprint, as well as its movie studio, Paramount. And Lionsgate's Starz, which had been licensing programming to TV networks around the world, has found success bringing its brand name to more parts of the world. The challenge for these legacy players then becomes which brands to peg their streaming services to. In some cases, it means making tough choices. Disney is putting Star, which is more established in Asia, at the forefront of its international general-audience service, and not Hulu. Hulu has a robust streaming audience in the US, but it's virtually unknown outside of the country. "Hulu also, I must say, has no brand awareness outside of the US and nor does Hulu have any content that's been licensed to it internationally," Bob Chapek, Disney's CEO, said on the company's latest earnings call. Wolk, the TVREV analyst, also pointed to Hulu's roots as a joint venture between major US broadcasters as a possible reason for its stalled international push.  "I suspect the name Star is more Disney-ish than Hulu," Wolk said. "They're still in the process of Disney-fying Hulu." ViacomCBS, meanwhile, has yet to name its upcoming streaming service, but said it will feature both CBS and Showtime content. It's likely that one or both brands will have to play second fiddle to the broader streaming brand. "It may be that some of the content is valuable but it doesn't have much brand equity," Haggstrom said of brands like CBS. 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Business Insider is seeking nominations for its second annual list of the top executives who are leading the rise of free, ad-supported streaming video. We want to hear from you.  Please submit your ideas through this form by September 9.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. People have been spending more time streaming video during the pandemic, and it's growing the market for ad-supported services. Nielsen looked at viewers during one week in July and found people were spending more time streaming video that wasn't supplied by one of the majors — Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney Plus — than they were last year. Of that "other" category, as Nielsen called it, ad-supported video-on-demand services like Vudu, Crackle, and Tubi made up 20% of the streaming share. Free, ad-supported services have also been among the hottest acquisition targets by major media companies of late, helping to legitimize the services and expand their reach. Fox snapped up Tubi, Comcast acquired Xumo, and Fandango bought Vudu this year. Media giant NBCUniversal also launched its own ad-supported streamer, Peacock, in 2020. As free ad-supported streaming reaches its next level, Business Insider is seeking nominations for its second annual list of the top executives shaping the AVOD industry. We want to hear from you. Please submit your ideas through this form by September 9.  We're looking for senior execs who are overseeing key elements of free, streaming-video services. They could be the CEO of service that's charting tremendous growth; a smart-TV exec bringing free content to a video platform; a team leader charged with a crucial part of an AVOD business, like content development, data and analytics, or advertising sales; a programmer with an innovative strategy for selling to AVOD services; or an executive championing ad-supported streaming within a media conglomerate.  These leaders are helping their companies navigate the evolving TV landscape, and shaping the future of ad-supported video. We're seeking leaders who are innovating around streaming-video services that don't charge subscription fees For this list, we are interested in people who are innovating around free, ad-supported streaming-video services that do not charge subscription fees. That could include TV services like Pluto TV; free on-demand platforms like The Roku Channel, IMDB TV, or Vudu; free tiers within broader streaming services, like Hotstar's AVOD offering in India; as well as platforms like Facebook Watch and YouTube that have ad-supported video. The list will be determined by Business Insider based on our reporting and the nominations that we receive. The rankings will factor in the executive's roles and responsibilities, the scope of the changes they've introduced, and the person's impact on the company's performance and AVOD industry broadly.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for August 19. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] A reminder that Business Insider is looking for nominations for the chief marketing officers to watch in 2020. Submit your nominations here by August 24. Today's news: How much top PR firms pay, TikTok's advertising blitz, and Amazon ups its advertising spend.  PR industry salaries revealed: How much top firms like Edelman, MSL, and Teneo pay employees, from account executives to managing directors Patrick Coffee and Sean Czarnecki analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification's 2019 disclosure data to see how much the largest independent and holding company-owned PR firms pay. Salaries range from $62,000 for a senior account executive at finance-focused Prosek Partners to $420,000 for a managing director at consulting firm FTI Consulting. Edelman, the industry's largest firm, paid a VP, tech and media specialist up to $155,000. Read the full story here. TikTok is making its biggest ever advertising push as it faces the threat of a ban in the US TikTok's new global ad campaign titled "It Starts on TikTok," pitches the app as a place for creators, communities, families, and learning, Tanya Dua reported. Nick Tran, TikTok's head of global marketing, said the campaign is meant to differentiate TikTok from other social-media platforms, grow its user base, and build better brand recognition. The ad push comes as President Trump issued two executive orders asking TikTok to sell its US operations to an American company. Read the full story here. Amazon, the biggest US advertiser, is ramping up its ad spend after a coronavirus pause After cutting its advertising spend in the beginning of the pandemic, Amazon has steadily increased its advertising spend over the past few months. Data from ad-tracking firm MediaRadar shows that Amazon has spent 70% more year-over-year on promoting its retail business since May. Instagram in particular has benefitted from Amazon's ad spend. Amazon spent $22 million on Instagram ads in July, up from $9 million in May, according to data from Pathmatics. Read the full story here. More stories we're reading: Former Glossier retail employees allege mistreatment and discrimination at the company's shuttered stores (Business Insider) Apple digs in on App Store battle with 'Fortnite' creator Epic Games: 'We won't make an exception for Epic' (Business Insider) How Pepsi remotely created a global media event in just a few weeks — and got 280 million people to tune in (Business Insider) WPP taps AT&T's Kirk McDonald to run GroupM in North America (Wall Street Journal) Oracle enters race to buy TikTok's US operations (Financial Times) Ron Meyer resigns as NBCUniversal vice chairman after disclosing affair and extortion attempt (Variety) Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow! You can reach me in the meantime at [email protected] and subscribe to this daily email here. — LaurenJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 7 secrets about Washington, DC landmarks you probably didn't know
NBC’s newly launched Peacock streaming service will be the destination for Clueless, a reboot of the ’90s TV show by the same name. The show itself comes from CBS TV Studios and we’ve known about it since last year. Though the show has been in development for several months, that work took place without any particular network attached to air … Continue reading
NBCUniversal's streaming app Peacock has free movies and TV shows, and it unlocks more -- like originals -- if you pay. But you still can't stream it on a Roku or Amazon Fire TV.
On August 11, Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president on his 2020 ticket. Harris, a Democratic senator for California, has also held positions as district attorney for San Francisco and attorney general for the state. She has homes in both LA and San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom campaigned for Harris in Iowa in December 2019. Forbes reported that an overwhelming majority of her 2019 donors came from California and she unsurprisingly has a fan base in the two power centers of the state — Hollywood and Silicon Valley. In 2019, The Hollywood Reporter noted that almost half of the entertainment industry's key players in its THR 100 list had made donations to Harris' campaign in its early stages. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Representatives for Kamala Harris didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. SEE ALSO: Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's VP pick, comes from a family of lawyers and Stanford graduates. Meet the family. SEE ALSO: Meet Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's pick for vice president Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Kamala Harris have known each other for 30 years. When Harris ran for reelection as California's attorney general in 2014, Benioff cohosted a fundraiser for her campaign, according to a tweet from Recode's Teddy Schleifer. "Kamala is one of the highest-integrity people I've ever met and is a phenomenal prosecutor," Benioff told Recode in February 2019. "She is truly an impressive leader with a strong legal and public service background." However, Benioff is unlikely to publicly support the Harris-Biden ticket in the run-up to the 2020 election: earlier this year, he told Recode that since buying Time Magazine, he will "no longer make political positions or funding." Harris attended Facebook cofounder Sean Parker's wedding in 2013. Harris and Facebook billionaire Sean Parker appear to be longtime friends. When Parker got married in a lavish California ceremony in 2013, Harris was in attendance.  Parker has donated to Harris' campaigns in the past, cohosting her attorney general reelection fundraiser in 2014 and contributing to her senatorial run in 2015.  In late 2019, Parker was slated to host a fundraiser for Harris' presidential campaign at his home in Los Angeles, which was canceled when Harris suspended her campaign in December. Laurene Powell Jobs has already voiced her support for Harris as Biden's vice presidential pick. Shortly after news broke that Biden had selected Harris as his running mate, Jobs, the founder of Emerson Collective and widow of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, tweeted her support. "Joe Biden you made a great choice!" she wrote. Jobs has been a supporter of Harris since at least 2014, and donated to her Senate campaign in 2015. When Jobs was interviewed by journalist Kara Swisher at Recode's Code Conference in 2017, she brought Harris along because she thought "you would find it more interesting," as Recode's Teddy Schleifer noted.  And in 2018, Jobs interviewed Harris at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where they discussed President Donald Trump and Harris' views on a lack of bipartisanship in congress.  Jobs also donated to Harris' campaign for president before Harris left the race last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.   Harris helped Sheryl Sandberg promote her book "Lean In" in 2013. Harris and Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, have been public allies since 2013, when Harris helped Sandberg promote her best-seller, "Lean In." As part of a PR campaign for the book, Sandberg asked Harris to supply a photo of herself and an example of a time she "leaned in." In 2015, Harris participated in a talk with Sandberg on cyberbullying at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, according to Huffington Post.  When Harris ran for Senate in 2016, Sandberg contributed to her campaign, giving the maximum amount legally allowed for an individual donor, Huffington Post reported. When she won, per the report, Sandberg told her by email, "CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! We need you now more than ever." On Tuesday, Sandberg posted on Instagram about Harris' nomination, writing that it's "a huge moment for Black women and girls all over the world – and for all of us." Instagram Embed: // Width: 540px   A slew of other Silicon Valley bigwigs have supported Harris in the past. Many notable tech CEOs and investors have raised money for Harris in the past, though not all have publicly endorsed the Harris/Biden ticket yet: Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband, Zach Bogue, cohosted a fundraiser for Harris' reelection campaign for attorney general in 2014. Mayer also donated to Harris' Senate campaign in 2015, according to VentureBeat. Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr and his wife, Khan Academy Chairman Ann Doerr, also cohosted the fundraiser and donated to Harris in 2015, as did SV Angels founder Ron Conway. John Doerr also contributed to her presidential campaign, according to Recode.  Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has been a Harris donor in the past, both when she served as attorney general and when she ran for Senate.  Former Apple design chief Jony Ive supported Harris' bid for reelection as attorney general. Former eBay CEO and current Nike CEO John Donahoe contributed to Harris' Senate campaign in 2015. David Drummond, Google's former chief legal officer, donated to Harris in 2015. LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman raised money for Harris' presidential bid, according to The Wall Street Journal. Twitter board member Omid Kordestani and his wife, Gisel, both contributed the maximum individual amount of Harris' presidential campaign, according to the Journal.  Zynga founder Marc Pincus is a longtime supporter, hosting a fundraiser for her Senate campaign in 2016, the Journal reports.  JJ Abrams, a filmmaker best known for his involvement with the recent "Star Wars" trilogy, called her "the real deal" and "a powerhouse" in a 2013 Vanity Fair article. Abrams has written for Vanity Fair that he and his wife, Katie McGrath, first met Harris when she was the district attorney of San Francisco and they became friends.  "What struck me upon hearing her speak was that we had stumbled upon the most unusual of creatures: an authentically inspiring human being who happened to be in politics," he said.  Abrams and McGrath hosted a fundraiser for Harris at their home in March 2019. Shonda Rhimes was a co-chair. Each co-chair donated $10,000 and the tickets were priced at $2,800, which is the primary election maximum. Harris once called Universal Pictures Chairwoman Donna Langley "an advocate for vital voices" at a 2014 Vanity Fair event. At Vanity Fair's Power of Women event, Harris introduced Donna Langley on stage with praise for her advocacy work and her successful career as a studio executive.  After Biden announced his pick, Langley told Variety, "Kamala demonstrates a level of passion, grace and grit, that separated her from the pack. I've always believed in her leadership and she is the right VP candidate to face the challenges our country has ahead of us." Vanity Fair reported that Langley has supported Harris since around the time of her bid for attorney general in 2010.  Other top NBC executives such as Jeffrey Katzenberg and Jeff Shell have put their support behind Harris. The LA Times reported that Katzenberg, the former DreamWorks Animation top dog, donated $2,800 to Harris' presidential campaign in 2o19. He also donated to her competition in the initially crowded field of contenders for the Democratic nomination.  Shell, the CEO of NBCUniversal, opened the doors to his Beverly Hills home for a Harris fundraiser in February 2019. The guest list included Katzenberg, Eva Longoria, and Scooter Braun. Ron Meyer, vice chairman of NBCUniversal, contributed $2,800. Harris has been an associate of the Getty family for several decades, even attending the wedding of Billy, George and Ann Getty's son, in 1999. According to a 2019 Politico story, Harris had Sunday dinners with the Getty family, heirs to one of America's great oil fortunes, from early on in her political career in the late 1990s, when she was deputy district attorney for Alameda County. The same story reported that Harris was seen at social events at the time with Gavin Newsom, who was then a city supervisor and is now the governor of the state. It has been widely reported that Newsom was a friend and business partner of the Gettys. (The Los Angeles Times reported in 2018 that eight prominent and wealthy San Francisco families supported Newsom's political career, including the Gettys.) George and Ann Getty contributed to Harris' presidential campaign. However, as Forbes reported, in keeping with the Biden campaign's promise to not receive any donations from executives with ties with the oil industry, it's unlikely that a Biden-Harris ticket will see any future contributions from the Getty family. Harris has enjoyed support from other Hollywood A-listers stretching all the way back to her bid for district attorney in 2004. Spike Lee hosted a sold-out fundraiser for Harris' presidential campaign at his house in Massachusetts and the tickets were priced between $100 and $2,800. David Robb reported for Deadline that before Biden entered the presidential race, Harris was the clear favorite among the Hollywood set as A-listers such as including George Lucas, Chris Rock, and Shonda Rhimes were some of those who contributed the maximum amount allowed in a primary election, $2,800.  "This Is Us" creator Dan Fogelman gave Harris' campaign $5,600, split between the primary and the general election. Harris also got upwards of $5,000 from Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Banks.  Other key players in Hollywood have supported Harris in past election efforts. For instance, actor Jamie Foxx, supermodel and TV host Tyra Banks, and filmmakers Aaron Sorkin and Steven Spielberg supported Harris' bid for attorney general in 2010, Gene Maddaus reported for Variety. 
Peacock is here, but not all the features have arrived. Here's what we're still missing.
NBCUniversal's streaming app Peacock has free movies and TV shows, and it unlocks more if you pay. But you still can't stream it on a Roku or Amazon Fire TV.
The films will make their way to NBCUniversal's streaming service in October
The service racks up 10 million accounts, following its limited rollout in April and its full launch in July. That's the same number Disney Plus got in about 24 hours.
Peacock is here, but not all the features have arrived. Here's what we're still missing.
And AMC theaters won't ban Universal movies anymore, which includes franchises like the Fast & Furious and the Jurassic World movies.
AMC Theaters and Universal have reached a new agreement that dramatically shortens the theatrical exclusivity window — the amount of time that films have to play in theaters before they’re allowed to be sold or rented in other places, like iTunes, Amazon, or AMC’s own On Demand service — down to just 17 days (ensuring that the films will hit at least three weekends in theaters). The new deal marks a radical shift from the standard theatrical release window, which has typically been between 70 and 90 days in recent years, and could vastly alter the landscape of both theatrical and digital film. Universal can offer “premium on-demand” $20 movies just 17 days after the film is out Universal and AMC had previously been feuding over release... Continue reading…
(NewsUSA) – What is Peacock?Peacock is a new streaming service from NBCUniversal, launching July 15th.The only streamer to offer a free, premium tier of service with limited commercials, Peacock brings together everything people love about TV and streaming to deliver the best live and on-demand programming from NBCUniversal and beyond.Sign up for Peacock today – completely free – and enjoy thousands of hours of current and classic movies and shows, exclusive channels, timely news and sports, late-night, reality and more.Or upgrade to Peacock Premium for just $4.99 per month and enjoy access to more than 20,000 hours of movies, shows, originals, live news and sports, and early access to programming such as "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.What to Watch?Peacock is home to treasured movies and shows you already know and love – or may have missed and can now enjoy!"Or buckle up for some laughs with iconic comedies like "Parks and Recreation," "30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live," "King of Queens," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Two and a Half Men," "Everybody Hates Chris," "Frasier," "George Lopez," "Psych," "Monk."Peacock has you covered with popular shows, including "Law & Order: SVU," "Downton Abbey," "Yellowstone," "Ray Donovan," "The Affair," "Friday Night Lights," "House," "Battlestar Galactica," "Parenthood," and "Heroes.
NBCUniversal's streaming app Peacock has free movies and TV shows -- plus more to watch if you pay. But you still can't watch with Roku or Amazon Fire TV.
  Peacock, NBCUniversal's new on-demand streaming service, launched nationwide on July 15. The platform combines hundreds of classic movies from Universal with even more shows from NBC, like "30 Rock," "Parks & Recreation," and "Saturday Night Live." More than 13,000 hours worth of movies and shows are available for free with ads on Peacock, and a $4.99 a month Peacock Premium subscription will get you access to exclusive content. For those who can't stand commercials, Peacock Premium Plus removes most ads for $9.99 per month. The free library is certainly appealing, but a Peacock Premium subscription doesn't offer as much value as other on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Peacock debuted nationwide on July 15, bringing another choice to a crowded field of on-demand streaming services that has seen newcomers, like Disney Plus and HBO Max, working to compete with established services, like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Launched by NBCUniversal, Peacock relies on a freemium model for on-demand streaming, offering a mix of TV shows, movies, and live sports for free with ads. Peacock Premium gives subscribers access to exclusive content and a significantly larger back catalog of NBC shows, like "Law & Order," for $4.99 a month. With that said, Peacock Premium still relies on ads to generate revenue. To go ad-free, you need to sign up for a Peacock Premium Plus subscription for $9.99 a month. Peacock's subscription model is similar to what Hulu employed until 2016, allowing viewers to watch 13,000 hours worth of programming for free with ads. Viewers who want to catch up on NBC shows, like "30 Rock" or "Saturday Night Live," can mostly do so without a premium subscription, though a handful of classics, like the original "Law & Order" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," require a paid account. Peacock's large library of free content is enticing and NBC has promised to limit commercials to five minutes at most per hour of streaming. However, Peacock Premium lacks the value offered by streaming competitors like Netflix and Hulu, and there are some major gaps in NBCUniversal's catalog. Peacock review: Peacock gives NBC its own streaming home, but key Universal movies are missing Peacock's library is primarily anchored by NBC TV series like "30 Rock," "Law & Order SVU," and "Will & Grace." Notably missing is "The Office," which will become exclusive to Peacock in January 2021. New episodes of NBC's current primetime series are available on Peacock one day after they air on TV, along with content from live programs like "The Today Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," and "Late Night With Seth Myers." "Downton Abbey," "Pawn Stars," and "Ray Donovan" lead a handful of popular series from other networks that have also made their way to Peacock. Peacock's catalog features about a dozen exclusive series, movies, and documentaries, that can only be viewed on Peacock, including Dale Earnhardt Jr's documentary series "Lost Speedways," and "Psych 2: Lassie Come Home," a new movie continuing the hit USA mystery series. Peacock hosts hundreds of movies from Universal Pictures, but many of the studio's recent releases are absent due to prior agreements with HBO and FX. Several key Universal franchises, including "Fast & Furious" and "How to Train Your Dragon," are already available on competing streaming services (HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video, respectively) but it's unclear how long it will be until they arrive on Peacock. Instead, Peacock offers decades worth of classics spanning the work of Alfred Hitchcock to 2013's "Lone Survivor." Peacock has promised that new and upcoming Universal movies, like "Boss Baby 2" and "Trolls World Tour," will eventually appear on Peacock as well, and future Universal releases won't be contracted to other services. Peacock will feature films from other studios, like "American Psycho," "Reservoir Dogs," and "The Mummy," on a rotating basis, but with popular movies like "The Matrix" and "Jurassic Park" scheduled to leave the service just two weeks after its launch, it's hard to feel confident about what will remain in the library long term. Sports fans who don't have access to NBC Sports through their television can use Peacock to watch live Premier League matches and other events, including the 2021 Olympics. Peacock's "freemium" model offers a different kind of value Unlike Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max, anyone can watch thousands of hours worth of movies and shows on Peacock for free with ads. A Peacock Premium subscription will get you access to more episodes from Peacock original shows, and more classic series and movies for $4.99 per month. The ad-free version of Peacock costs $9.99 per month and includes the premium content without commercials. If you're a Comcast or Xfinity cable customer you can get Peacock Premium for free by creating an account and logging in with your cable provider. Peacock's premium content currently pales in comparison to services like Netflix and Hulu, especially when you consider the thousands of hours worth of free content that's already available. Die-hard fans may be willing to pay a monthly fee to watch "Two and a Half Men" or "Shrek," but the Premium subscription won't offer much value until more exclusive shows and anticipated classic series, like "The Office," appear on the platform, and even then it's not clear which upcoming additions will require a subscription. Peacock's interface works well enough, but it's lacking common features from other streaming services Peacock's layout and functionality meet the minimum expectations for an on-demand streaming service — movies and shows are separated by category and users can create a watchlist of their favorites. Peacock lacks the option to create separate profiles for different viewers, so parents need to engage the parental control pin on their own account to prevent their children from accessing inappropriate content. Other missing ease of use features, like a "Play from Beginning" button, would certainly be welcome too. Ads on the free plan are mostly non-intrusive and NBCUniversal has promised no more than five minutes of commercials per hour you spend watching Peacock. The service also has a built-in feature to prevent the same ads from playing during every commercial break. Peacock is available on most devices, except for Roku and Amazon Fire TV Peacock's streaming app is available on Vizio and LG smart TVs, as well as iOS and Android mobile devices, Android TV, Xbox One, and Chromecast. The service is also available through its official website, The Peacock app is currently unavailable on Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. You can browse a full list of supported devices here. Peacock doesn't offer support for 4K, HDR video, or Dolby Atmos sound. This is disappointing since all of these features are offered by Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video. The bottom line Peacock's huge library of free content is appealing, but the lack of recent movies and the limits of NBC's catalog make Peacock Premium seem like an unnecessary expense. Longtime fans of the NBC shows will be satisfied with their new streaming home but Peacock doesn't feel like much of a competitor to Netflix, Hulu, or even the recently launched HBO Max. Perhaps Peacock Premium will offer more value when "The Office" and Universal's new slate of movies arrive on the service in 2021, but until then, it's another addition to the increasingly crowded dashboard on my Smart TV, and yet another constantly changing streaming library I'll have to keep track of. Pros: Tons of movies and shows available for free with commercials, commercials are limited to five minutes per hour watching, lots of classic films Cons: Premium offerings aren't very exciting, $4.99 subscription plan still has ads, missing a bunch of popular Universal movies released between 2013 and 2019, it's unclear how often popular franchises will leave or be added to PeacockJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Leslie Odom, Jr.'s $500,000 gamble that led to a starring role in 'Hamilton'
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NBC's Peacock app streams free movies and TV shows, or you can unlock originals and more content if you pay. But you still can't watch with a Roku or Amazon Fire TV.
Illustration by William Joel / The Verge This week on The Vergecast, Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Russell Brandom, and Julia Alexander discuss the unprecedented Twitter hack that occurred this week — who was affected, how this attack could have happened, and why this is so important for the future of regulating tech companies. In the second half of the show, the crew discusses yet another streaming service launch this year — this time, it’s NBCUniversal’s Peacock. Julia details what stands out in this new app, the types of content it offers, and whether it’s a worthy contender in the ongoing streaming wars. There’s a whole lot more news covered on The Vergecast this week — like the White House’s threat to ban TikTok in the US, the never-ending Xbox announcements, and the... Continue reading…
(NewsUSA) – What is Peacock?Peacock is a new streaming service from NBCUniversal, launching July 15th.The only streamer to offer a free, premium tier of service with limited commercials, Peacock brings together everything people love about TV and streaming to deliver the best live and on-demand programming from NBCUniversal and beyond.Sign up for Peacock today – completely free – and enjoy thousands of hours of current and classic movies and shows, exclusive channels, timely news and sports, late-night, reality and more.Or upgrade to Peacock Premium for just $4.99 per month and enjoy access to more than 20,000 hours of movies, shows, originals, live news and sports, and early access to programming such as "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.What to Watch?Peacock is home to treasured movies and shows you already know and love – or may have missed and can now enjoy!"Or buckle up for some laughs with iconic comedies like "Parks and Recreation," "30 Rock," "Saturday Night Live," "King of Queens," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Two and a Half Men," "Everybody Hates Chris," "Frasier," "George Lopez," "Psych," "Monk."Peacock has you covered with popular shows, including "Law & Order: SVU," "Downton Abbey," "Yellowstone," "Ray Donovan," "The Affair," "Friday Night Lights," "House," "Battlestar Galactica," "Parenthood," and "Heroes.
There are already dozens of video streaming services, big and small, so why not add one more? Months perhaps even years in the making, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, fittingly called “Peacock”, has finally launched to the public, surprisingly right on schedule despite the ongoing pandemic. Boasting more than 20,000 hours of programming in total on all tiers, the Peacock app will … Continue reading
NBCUniversal's streaming service is now available, offering a range of original, classic, and live content.
You can get Android's Peacock app with a link here, but you can't find it searching the Google Play Store, complicating Peacock's rollout with a major promo partner.