Comcast’s streaming service will become available on Sky when it launches in the UK. But only the ad-funded version will be available at no extra cost to subscribers.
Peacock will launch in the UK later this year. The UK will become of a handful of countries outside of the United States to gain access to the service, with Sky bringing Peacock to viewers in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland.
What will Peacock offer?
Over 7,000 hours of programming will be available to subscribers. They include The Office (USA), Rutherford Falls, Saved by the Bell, Equalizer, Young Rock, Kardashians, Suits and Downton Abbey. The service will also include films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation and Illumination.
Will Peacock be available on NOW?
The service will be available on both NOW and its German equivalent, Sky Ticket.
Is an ad-free version of Peacock available?
Viewers will have the option to pay extra to access a version of Peacock with fewer or no ads. In the USA, where this option already exists, the presence of ads on the premium version has ruffled some feathers…
Will Peacock be available without Sky and how much will it cost?
Details about Peacock’s availability and pricing for the UK are yet to be announced. It is expected that the service will initially be exclusive to Sky’s platforms.
The arrival of Peacock on Sky is a result of Sky’s takeover by Peacock’s parent company Comcast in 2018. Comcast famously outbid Disney for the pay TV and broadband provider, a move that would have a long-reaching effect on the content available to Sky viewers.
Jeff Shell, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal said: “We are excited to bring Peacock to millions of Sky customers and add incredible value to their platforms with a premium catalogue of the best entertainment from across NBCUniversal that is included with their subscription. By leveraging Comcast’s Xfinity platforms in the U.S., we were able to test and learn, quickly drive scale, usage, and brand awareness of Peacock. We look forward to doing the same with Sky in Europe.”