Peacock, the new streaming service from Comcast-owned NBC Universal, was released in April of 2020 just in time for customers to binge watch some shows in quarantine. The question is, does Peacock rank among some of the top-tier streaming services, such as Netflix and Hulu?
Peacock operates much like all Netflix accounts would, with a selection of more than 20,000 hours of shows, movies, news, sports, original programming, and some features that differentiate it from others. Those features are the curated channels, and a trending highlights page that acts like a newsfeed would with “Top Headlines,” “This Day in History,” and “Today’s Moments,” all features that play heavily toward that customer with a heavy news interest.
With a few different packages, Peacock stunned some customers with a free option. Peacock offers ad-supported TV shows and movies for free, but has an additional Premium package that includes originals and live sports for $5 per month, or a Premium Plus package for $10 per month which includes all of the above minus the advertisements. As a streaming service that guarantees 7,500 hours’ worth of movies and TV with just the free version, Peacock is without a doubt the top-of-the-line free streaming service out there, especially when compared to other free streaming service options, Tubi and Pluto TV.
As far as ranking the Premium and Premium Plus packages with Netflix and Hulu, that is really up to personal preference. It’s really all about how you want to build your streaming service plate. For my fellow The Office fans, if you want access to all nine seasons of that masterpiece of a show along with season-by-season releases of deleted seasons, you will need to be a paying member as only the first two seasons are available with the free package. With Peacock, you get NBC Universal’s family of networks; a full slate which includes USA, NBC Live, Bravo, Universal Kids, Syfy, and Telemundo. With its monopoly of networks, Peacock is another solid alternative to cable. Some shows worthy of recognition are Psych, Yellowstone, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Friday Night Lights, Parks and Rec, and Suits, providing a good mix of comedy, drama, and action. They have also got quite the sport selection. For any soccer fans, paying members receive exclusive access to Premier League matches. And Peacock’s final nail in the coffin would be its big-budget originals, including Ross Geller in a new sitcom, Intelligence. Granted, Peacock hasn’t been pushing out original content at the rate at which services, such as Netflix and Hulu have, but they hope to get to that level.
All in all, Peacock is a great option and your personal preferences are important to take into account, but try out their free package and go from there. In a world where cable seems to be a thing of the past, with yet another cable-alternative in Peacock, we are slowly building our way back to cable but just dispersed among several platforms, so if you want a comprehensive selection, start building up your plate.