January 20, 2022
Peacock Jan. 20 announced the expansion of local news content on the streaming platform with channels from its NBC-owned television stations in several major markets. Beginning today, all Peacock users have free access to coverage from NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ), NBC 10 Philadelphia (WCAU), NBC10 Boston (WBTS) and New England Cable Network (NECN), and NBC 6 Miami (WTVJ). News channels from NBC 4 New York (WNBC) and NBC 4 Los Angeles (KNBC) will be available to stream for free in the months ahead.
The new channels titled NBC Chicago News, NBC Philadelphia News, NBC Boston News and NBC South Florida News offer Peacock subs 24/7 access local news coverage. Each channel features simulcast and encore news programming, along with breaking news and original content produced by its NBC station’s local news operations. The lineups deliver news, weather, sports, investigative reporting, lifestyle content and storytelling.
“We know the importance of local news to our subscribers, and this further distinguishes the Peacock experience where you can stream everything from news content to original scripted shows, premium movies, live sports and more all on our platform,” Jen Brown, SVP of program planning for Peacock, said in a statement.
The addition of local news channels builds upon Peacock’s growing news offering, which currently features live and on demand channels including NBC News Now, Sky News, Today All Day, NBC LX, Telemundo Al Día and Dateline 24/7; exclusive channels like The Choice from MSNBC, featuring original programming from hosts Zerlina Maxwell and Mehdi Hasan; curated playlists from national programming such as “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” “Noticias Telemundo,” MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood as well as 11 local NBC stations including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., San Diego and Connecticut.