NBC Struts Into The Video Streaming War With Their Newest Service, Peacock

The video streaming war is going strong with contenders like Apple TV and Disney+ releasing their services later this year in November. And now, a new contender will soon be joining the likes of these existing mainstream video streaming services, and it is none other than television broadcasting network, Comcast

Comcast, more specifically its NBCUniversal subsidiary, has finally announced its Peacock service.

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Interesting naming conventions aside, details about the service are still scarce but NBCUniversal has already begun announcing the various new and beloved series that will be making its way to the Peacock. According to them, the service will launch sometime in April 2020 with over 15,000 hours of content

Some of the shows that will be available once the service goes live include Sam Esmail’s Battlestar Galactica, as well as a Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster reboot. Both series promises to bring back their original child stars to star in the reboots. For Saved by the Bell, it promises to bring back at least two of its original actors while Punky’s actress Soleil Moon Frye will be returning to the show as the titular Punky and a “single mother of three”. 

Here are a few of the classic series on NBC that will be bringing to the Peacock:

  • Bates Motel
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Cheers
  • Chrisley Knows Best
  • Covert Affairs
  • Downton Abbey
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Frasier
  • Friday Night Lights
  • House
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • The King of Queens
  • Married… with Children
  • Monk
  • Parenthood
  • Psych
  • The Real Housewives
  • Royal Pains
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Superstore
  • 30 Rock
  • Top Chef
  • Will & Grace

Rumours of a streaming service by NBCUniversal have already been swimming around the internet for quite a while, since it was announced that the company had secured rights to air The Office online, removing the series from its current streaming home at Netflix once its exclusivity deal expires on January 2021. 

Three film studios – Universal Pictures, Focus Features, and DreamWorks Animation, are already lined up to create “original movies” that will be exclusive to the Peacock. We will have to wait to see exactly what films the company has in store for the service.