NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service Peacock is looking more and more like it could be a contender in the cutthroat streaming wars. This week, NBCUniversal and A&E networks announced a partnership which will see hundreds of popular A&E series come to Peacock, adding to an already huge list of series that should help Peacock stand out.
In the streaming world, consumers ultimately care most about content and cost. Thanks to this new deal and the announced low subscription prices, Peacock seems like it could be an early leader after it launches later this year. The deal with A&E Networks will see dozens of the most popular cable series come to Peacock from across A&E’s various properties such as A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI, and Vice. Some of the titles arriving on Peacock thanks to this deal include A&E and History hits including First 48, Storage Wars, Cold Case Files, Pawn Stars, American Pickers, Ancient Aliens, Curse of Oak Island and Project Blue Book.
Steve MacDonald, president of Global Content Licensing and International at A+E Networks, says that the deal will continue to solidify A&E as one of the top producers of television content on the market today. “We are excited to partner with Peacock,” MacDonald said in a press release this week. “We of course strongly believe in the power of the A+E Networks’ library of content, and that it will prove to strengthen Peacock’s offerings.”
Peacock will officially launch on July 15, 2020, but early availability will launch for Xfinity customers starting on April 15, 2020. The service will feature new NBCU original series and will eventually be the official home of NBC hits like The Office and Parks and Recreation once those series’ licensing deals with Hulu expire.
Peacock will feature multiple different subscription tiers: Peacock Free, which will be ad-supported; and Peacock Premium, which still start at $5/month and will feature a larger library. Peacock Premium subscribers can play an additional $5/month to have a completely ad-free experience. Visit the official Peacock site to sign up for updates.