Exciting news, friend! Peacock TV is now available on Roku devices nationwide. As a streaming fan, I‘m sure you‘re curious what Peacock has to offer and how it works with your Roku player. Well, you‘ve come to the right place. I‘m going to give you a complete rundown of Peacock TV and walk through how to start streaming ASAP.
Let‘s get into it!
Peacock Takes Flight
In case you missed it, Peacock is a streaming service from NBCUniversal that launched nationally in 2020. It offers thousands of hours of top shows, movies, news, and sports content from NBC, Bravo, USA Network, and other NBCU brands.
Peacock has been available online and on mobile for a while, but they finally inked a deal with Roku to bring an app to their popular streaming devices. This opens Peacock up to over 40 million active Roku households!
We‘ll talk more about what content is included, but first, a quick Peacock history lesson…
NBCU hopped on the streaming train as cable subscriptions declined industry-wide. They wanted a piece of the monthly subscription pie that Netflix, Hulu and others were feasting on.
After initial tests in 2019, Peacock flapped its wings nationwide on July 15, 2020. In just 3 months, over 10 million viewers signed up to stream. NBCU hopes to hit over 20 million subscribers by 2024.
On the tech side, Peacock streams from data centers equipped with thousands of high-speed servers. Advanced software enables smooth streaming across devices 24/7.
Ok, now that we know the basics – what‘s available to watch?
An Ocean of Content
A major perk of Peacock is its enormous catalog of shows, movies, and clips. We‘re talking thousands of hours from NBC, Bravo, USA, and other iconic networks.
Popular shows include:
- The Office
- Parks and Recreation
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
- Real Housewives
- Top Chef
- 30 Rock
Hot movies on offer:
- Jurassic Park
- Meet the Parents
- The Matrix trilogy
Plus tons of news, sports, and current NBC hits like Chicago Fire and Law & Order: SVU. Peacock is also cooking up fresh, exclusive shows and movies like a Saved By the Bell reboot.
Let‘s quickly compare:
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So while Peacock trails category leaders in quantity, the quality and nostalgia of NBCU classics is unbeatable!
Free Tier FTW
Here‘s the best part – you can start streaming a huge chunk of Peacock for free!
Just create a Peacock account and you can dive into:
- Next-day access to current NBC shows
- Select episodes of classic series
- Hundreds of movies, with ads
- Curated news, sports, and pop culture
- Spanish-language content
Other streaming services force you to pay monthly right away. Peacock‘s free tier is a rare gift – cut the cord without cutting your wallet!
Of course, Peacock also offers paid packages with perks like:
- More premium content from NBCU brands
- No ads
- Full seasons of exclusive Peacock Originals
- Live sports like Premier League
But the free version packs a huge punch if you‘re budget-conscious.
Let‘s Get Peacock on Your Roku
Ready to take flight with Peacock? Here‘s a step-by-step guide to get the app on your Roku player:
On your Roku home screen:
- Select Streaming Channels on the left sidebar.
- Use the Search channels field to type in "Peacock".
- Select Peacock from the search results.
- Choose Add channel to install the Peacock app.
- Select the Peacock icon to launch the app.
- Browse as a guest or register for your free or paid account.
That‘s all it takes! Just a few clicks and you‘ll be streaming your favorites from NBC, Bravo, DreamWorks and more in minutes.
Peacock runs great on all Roku players. But for the best 4K HDR picture, I recommend the latest Streaming Stick+, Ultra, or Express 4K+ models.
Finding Your Favorites
The Peacock interface makes finding shows a breeze. Navigate through sections like:
📺 Channels – A virtual channel guide with live previews.
🔍 Browse – Categories for movies, TV, news, sports, etc.
🔥 Trending – The most popular titles being watched now.
🏆 Originals – Peacock‘s own exclusive shows and movies.
📚 My Stuff – Manage your watchlist and account.
You can also use the search tool or ask your voice remote to pull up a specific title immediately.
Enable parental controls if needed – restrict mature content with a PIN. Download shows to watch offline when traveling. And enjoy smooth streaming on up to 3 devices at once.
Pretty cool for a free service!
Should You Try Peacock?
As a streaming fan, I think Peacock is absolutely worth a test flight on your Roku.
The free tier grants access to a huge NBCU catalog without paying a dime. Peacock originals and live sports require Premium, but the free content is vast.
Picture quality is excellent in 4K HDR. Performance is snappy across Roku models. And you can always upgrade to ad-free viewing for $5 per month.
So if you‘re seeking some fresh streaming content, take Peacock for a spin! Once you start streaming classics like The Office and Parks and Rec, you‘ll be glad you gave it a chance.
Let me know if you have any other questions about watching Peacock on your Roku. I‘m happy to help get you set up!