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Peacock, the new streaming service from NBC offers you a great selection of movies, TV shows, sport-related programs, news, and even some of the original series but with some ads, coming along. Subscribing for the free tier you’ll be missing out on some of the newer movies or Peacock’s most coveted programming but if you don’t mind it – give this plan a try. 

Alison DeNisco Rayome from cnet tried out all three options of Peacock: Free, Premium (which includes some ads) and Premium Plus (which has no ads) and shared how the three Peacock plans differ. 

Free

Best for most viewers

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As a matter of fact, any of the massive newcomers such as HBO Max, Disney Plus or Apple TV Plus offer a free option. Peacock’s free subscription plan is the streaming service’s greatest strength, it basically helps the service to win the so-called streaming wars rage between the providers. Even though Hulu offers the option to watch with or without ads, you still have to pay $5.99 a month for the ad-supported plan. CBS All Access does the same thing as well. 

With Peacock, you can sign up for its free version by creating the account with your email and password. There is no crest art required. Put your payment details only if you want to try the seven-day-free trial of one of the premium plans. 

The free package gives you access to roughly two-thirds of the full Peacock’s library, which includes 13 hours of ad-supported programming. There are various movies, news, live sports, and shows available. Besides, you’ll be able to watch some of the standouts, including current NBC shows one week after they air, some of the standouts, such as Jurassic Park and The Matrix trilogy, some Premier League soccer matches, certain events from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, and more. 

Of course, you’ll see some ads, 5 or fewer minutes per hour, because you’re on the free tier. As to Alison, the appearance of the ads is dependent on the show you’re watching and the device you’re using. For instance, during the Jurassic Park movie, which Alison watched on an Apple TV and MacBook Air, she was interrupted with ads 6 times. Each one was from 20 to 60 seconds long. When she started watching the same movie on the iPhone app she got a notification that there will be a 190 seconds long ad at the beginning and no more during the movie. It would be nice to have that option on my Apple TV too to get the ads out of the way, but you can’t choose your ad format. 

With the free subscription plan you can watch a few episodes of Peacock Originals but if you want to watch full seasons you have to upgrade. At launch, there are seven originals: Brave New World, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, The Capture, Intelligence, Cleopatra In Space, Curious George and Where’s Waldo? 

All in all, it’s really easy to sign up for the Peacock’s free tier. It’s not like your Hulu or Netflix subscription, yet, it’s still a good option for watching some of the old classic movies, shows you’d like to rewatch or current NBC shows. If you don’t mind having some ads – it’s the way to go.

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Peacock Premium

Opt for it if you’d like to follow the Premier League, watch the new original series but don’t ming ads

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For the Peacock Premium you’ll have to pay $4.99 a month or $50 a year. Once you upgrade, besides having the free tier features you’ll also get more, a tidal of 20,000 hours of content. Yet, you’ll still see the same amount of commercials like in a free version. Meaning – 5 or less minutes per one hour, according to the company. 

With the Premium tier you’ll get access to the full catalog of Peacock Originals. Some of them are Brave New World, Psych movie sequel, and some of the originals coming this summer, such as the third season of A.P. Bio, which Peacock picked up from NBC. Besides, you’ll be able to watch more shows, such as Yellowstone or Law and Order. The selection of Premium movies is also impressive and includes some of the classic ones, such as Shrek, Ted, Children of Men, and others. 

The downside of the plan is that there aren’t many new movies available. Yet, there are lots of other good classic movies out there, in case you’re bored with what other streaming services have to offer. Especially since we all spend more time watching movies in recent times, if you know what I mean. 

On the bright side, if you are a fan of current NBC shows, you’ll be able to watch the new episodes the day after they air, instead of waiting a full week. Besides you’ll be the first one to watch Once Late Night with Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (once they return) 3,5 hours before they air — at 8 p.m. ET, instead of waiting until 11:30 p.m. ET.

For sports fans, the premium plan offers more than 175 Premier League matches for the 2020-2021 season and coverage of the Tour De France. Moreover, you’ll find more than 100 hours of WWE content, including the series WWE Untold and Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, and compilations like John Cena’s Best WrestleMania Matches, starting in August.

Putting it all together, opt for the Peacock Premium if you’re a big fan of Premier League soccer, or would like to have an access to the Peacock Originals and their wider catalog. Upgrading to the $4.99-a-month may be worth it for you but mind that you’ll still have some ads, even though it’s going to be fewer of them than you’d see on regular live TV.

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Peacock Premium Plus

Not into adverts? Love the Peacock library? Time to upgrade…

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For $9.99 per month, or $100 for a year, you can get Peacock Premium Plus, the TV and movies streaming service from NBC Universal. For your money, you get everything you got with Peacock Premium, with no adverts. You don’t get downloads on the mobile app yet, but we’re expecting the feature to land later in the year – but only for Peacock Premium Plus subscribers. 

Your Premium Plus service won’t be 100% ad-free, due to some of the streaming rights you’ll still get a small amount of content with adverts. This’ll include content like Peacock channels, some shows and fuels, as well as event streaming, we’re told on the Peacock website. It’s not unusual; you still get some adverts on Hulu and CBS All Access even when you get the “ad-free” package.

You’ll notice when you sign up for the free trial period of the Premium Plus membership you’ll get lots of promos, ads that tell you how great the service is that you’re trialling. Peacock’s promos are 30 second bits that tell you about the original content, similar to what you get on Amazon Prime Video. You won’t get the promos before everything you watch, but they’re common.

Whether upgrading is going to be of value to you will come down to three factors; how much you’re going to actually watch the content offered by Peacock, how loathsome you find commercials, and whether your budget can push to another $10 per month on more streaming content. 

We reckong, the free and Premium versions are worth it in terms of content, and if you’re not watching a service every single day, ads here and there aren’t so annoying.

Peacock Premium promos, deals, and trials 

You can give either premium version of Peacock for free for one week. When you choose to sign up through Android TV or the Android app, you can get an even bigger free trial. The freebie can last for up to 90 days, but it all depends on the day you choose to sign up.

If you’ve still got cable, your provider might have deals for the Peacock Premium service. For example, Comcast X1 and Flex subscribers get everything on Peacock Premium at no extra cost, and Premium Plus for a reduced $4.99 per month. If you’re with Cox, the same deal applies; free for Premium and $4.99 each month for Premium Plus, rather the standard $9.99. 

There are other partnerships that’ll yield discounts for more customers in the pipeline says Peacock. 

Looking to switch between the plans on Peacock? You just need to go into your account where you can see what plan you’re on at the moment, and click Change plan. In this option it’s as easy to downgrade as it is to upgrade. On the Peacock Premium Plus? You can go down to Premium and restore ads whilst paying $4.99 per month, or even go all the way back down to the free plan by selecting Free. Once you confirm you’re sure, you’re all set.

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