NBCUniversal's Peacock could charge $10/month for ad-free video streaming

NBCUniversal's Peacock could charge $10/month for ad-free video streaming
Disney+ is only five weeks old and already we are looking at another big name video streamer about to enter the market. NBCUniversal's Peacock might offer several pricing tiers including a free ad-supported level of service. According to The Information (via Engadget), there also could be an ad-free subscription available for $10 a month. The report also mentions the possibility of a subscription priced in the middle at $4.99 per month that would have limited ads. NBCUniversal is expected to officially announce Peacock's pricing on January 16th. Peacock is expected to launch this coming April.

The competition among video streamers to snag popular content has jacked up the prices that are being paid for certain series. NBCUniversal has reportedly shelled out $500 million for an exclusive five-year deal to stream The Office starting in 2021. Netflix spent $100 million for one-year of Friends which will move to HBO Max next year to start a five-year run. HBO paid $425 million for the streaming rights to the sitcom.

It isn't clear whether the free tier of Peacock will be offered to all, or only to those with a cable or a Comcast broadband subscription. Peacock is expected to host over 15,000 hours of content including popular NBC shows such as Parks and Recreation, Frasier, and Cheers. The service will also stream reboots of old NBC shows such as Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster.

Some consumers might be very attracted to a free tier of service if Peacock offers it to everyone. Consider that Netflix and Amazon Prime Video start at $9 per month, Disney+ is currently offered for a monthly cost of $6.99, Hulu is priced at $6 per month, Apple TV+ is $5 monthly, and subscribers to HBO Max will have to make monthly payments of $15.

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3 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1256; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It would be nice to have a streaming service bundle that gets you all of them for one price...

2. middlehead

Posts: 473; Member since: May 12, 2014

And if it could be a direct feed into the house instead of using up my internet bandwidth

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is ridiculous- people left cable/Fiber providers because out of the 500 plus available channels to watch only a quarter had stuff that was truly interesting to the general public. So, we screamed for a more alla cart type of programming were we chooses what content we wanted. But no here come the big studios saying well this is my content and if you have just one show you like you have to order my entire package for $xx.xx then if you like one show on another studios content you have to order my entire package for $xx.xx and so on and so on. it is becoming more expensive then just having cable. I mean come on this is insane how many streaming service do I have to have to get just the shows I like? I wish that shows were what you had a choice of to make your own package. Great Idea would be to pay $1.00 for each show from several studios so that you get what you really want and pay for.

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