Comcast Ending Free Subscriber Access to Peacock Streaming Service
February 13, 2023
Comcast Xfinity pay-TV and Flex members are losing free access to the Peacock streaming service.
Since the launch of the Peacock subscription streaming video platform on April 15, 2020, Comcast Xfinity pay-TV and Flex members have had free access to the $4.99 monthly (with ads)/$9.99 (without ads) service.
Beginning April 3, new Xfinity pay-TV subs and Flex users will have to pay for Peacock, which ended the most-recent fiscal period with 20 million paid subscribers — the lowest tally among major SVOD platforms. Current Xfinity/Flex members will have to begin paying for Peacock beginning June 26. The details were disclosed in an internal Comcast memo posted on social media platform Reddit.
“As part of Peacock’s growth strategy, we are shifting our focus to the Premium offering, which is more reflective of the brand and the unique experience we can bring subscribers,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson said in a statement first reported by Cord Cutters News.
NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell, at a recent Wall Street event, indicated Xfinity subscribers would have to begin paying for Peacock “at some point.” Peacock stopped offering free ad-supported access at the beginning of February.
One thought on “Comcast Ending Free Subscriber Access to Peacock Streaming Service”
If my comcast bill for cable and internet is over $200 a month, nickel and diming me for another $5 is about what I expect. Which is why it’s going to be an easy streaming service to drop.