Rather than a specialized streamer focused on anime, horror, or quick bites of content, NBCUniversal's new streaming service, Peacock, is looking to be a large-scale, broad-audience platform. That means a ton of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror content is coming to the service from a bounty of sources including NBC, USA Network, SYFY, A&E, ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, HISTORY, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Focus Features, Illumination, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and Blumhouse. Phew.
The Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, and Hulu competitor first rolled out in a special preview edition for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on April 15. Everyone else had to wait for the full-scale U.S. launch a few months later, on July 15. Peacock will then drop its three pricing tiers: Peacock Free, which has limited programming (13,000+ hours of content) and ads; a $5/month full version (boasting the entire 20,000+ hour library) with ads that's free to Comcast customers; and Peacock Premium, a $10/month ad-free version. For context, an ad-free streaming library for $10 a month is a little cheaper than Netflix's popular $12.99 plan.
The premium version also boasts "next-day access to new episodes of current season NBC shows," according to a release. The service is launching with availability on Apple devices (including the Apple TV), Google devices (including the Chromecast), Xbox One, and — starting July 20 — PlayStation 4.
Peacock's full library will launch with tons of genre classics, both from film and TV. The service will also include plenty of originals, with genre front and center. In fact, a few of its "virtual channels" cater exclusively to genre content: "Get Spooked" and "Out of This World" will focus on horror and sci-fi/fantasy, respectively.
Check out some of our most-anticipated originals below:
The Adventure Zone: An animated adaptation of the actual-play Dungeons & Dragons podcast from funny brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy (and their dad, Clint), The Adventure Zone became a cult hit online and a smash graphic novel series that ended up a NYT best-seller. Expect comedy, fantasy, and lots of silly riffing over the course of this epic story.
Battlestar Galactica: Yes, the already-rebooted sci-fi classic is getting a new reboot beyond its awesome SYFY series. This time around its led by Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail, but by now, fans know the drill: a ragtag group of humans is fleeing from killer robots and the themes are going to get serious fast. Militarism, racism, and scarcity are all on the table — though, of course, details are scarce for now.
Brave New World: This Aldous Huxley adaptation is situating Solo: A Star Wars Story's Alden Ehrenreich front-and-center of its high-concept sci-fi series. He'll join Harry Lloyd, Hannah John-Kamen, and more as the series digs into one of the most famous literary dystopias of all time. The show will also be Peacock's first foray into the prestige TV arena, as it's the first genre launch series from the service aimed at adults.
Now, Peacock's content library is going to be massive, and so varied with ownership and rights issues that it all won't be rolling out at launch. Many shows and movies will premiere during the 2020 launch, but some will necessarily be held until 2021 thanks to production halts or previous streaming deals. Peacock has confirmed its original launch titles, which we've curated down to the genre content listed below:
Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (aka Psych: The Movie 2)
Brave New World
Cleopatra in Space
The Blair Witch Project
The Bourne Trilogy
Children of Men
The Croods franchise
The Despicable Me franchise
Fievel's American Tail
Howard the Duck
The Jurassic Park franchise
The Last House On The Left
The Matrix franchise
Meet Joe Black
The Mummy franchise
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Trolls World Tour
You Should Have Left
Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot
DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk
Fievel’s American Tails
Ghost Hunters International
Kong, The Animated Series
New Adventures of He-Man
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
Sabrina: The Animated Series
And here's the rest of what fans can expect from the service's gigantic collection of media (eventually):
The Adventure Zone
Dragon Rescue Riders
The Dark Knight
Dawn of the Dead
The Fast & Furious franchise
3rd Rock from the Sun
Peacock launches in full on July 15.
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