SVOD Pushing LGBTQ Programming, Demand

TV shows and movies featuring gay and/or transsexual characters have seen a boom on subscription streaming video services. New data from Ampere Analysis suggests SVOD platforms are leading the way in commissioning LGBT+ content. Between Q1 2019 and Q2 2020, 12 services globally ordered multiple LGBT+ movies or series. 80% of those commissions were destined for on-demand platforms, with public broadcasters such as the BBC and France Télévisions also favouring on-demand delivery for series with LGBT+ themes.

Linear TV operators were more likely to opt for one-off TV specials on LGBT+ topics than commit to long-form series. While SVOD services such as Netflix and Amazon have the advantage of global reach when it comes to finding an audience for LGBT+ shows, their LGBT+ catalogs remain majority U.S.-sourced, but this looks set to change as LGBT+ content produced internationally catches the attention of the major SVOD players.

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“Netflix and Amazon Prime Video’s originals ‘Orange Is the New Black’ and ‘Transparent’ confirmed the appeal of LGBT+ themed content beyond the LGBT+ community,” analyst Alice Thorpe said in a statement. “Now queer content is an expected part of new SVOD services’ offerings, as we’ve seen with newly launched platforms like HBO Max, Peacock and Quibi.”

London-based Ampere found 18- to 34-year-olds are the most likely to identify as part of, and be accepting of, the LGBT+ community. This audience also over-indexes for subscribing to SVOD services. HBO Max has commissioned as many series about LGBT+ people in the past 12 months as its pay-TV channels have in the past three years.

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These titles include comedy drama series “Beth & Sam” and “Drama Queen.” The platform also has LGBT+ movies in the pipeline, such as YA novel adaptation “I’ll Be the One” and “We Were There, Too,” from Gloria Calderón Kellett and Natasha Rothwell.

With three upcoming series, “Expecting,” “Clean Slate,” and a reboot of the iconic British series “Queer as Folk,” Peacock’s LGBT+ content equates to 7% of its entire original commissions slate to date.

Although Netflix and Amazon have seen the proportion of their global TV catalogs that is sourced from U.S. producers decline to around 29% and 31%, respectively, this is not the case for LGBT+ TV content.

LGBT+ TV shows on Netflix skew 65% American-produced. On Amazon it’s 58%. One of the reasons for this is likely to relate to the risks associated with producing such content overseas. For instance, recently the Turkish Netflix original, “If Only,” was denied filming rights by the country’s government because it featured a gay supporting character.

In general, however, LGBT+ shows resonate across many territories and offer great potential for international distribution.

“One aspect of LGBT+ content’s specific appeal is its ability to travel across territories and inspire fandom,” Thorpe said. “This allows characters to travel into spin-off series as we’ve seen in Spain and Mexico. The international players are staring to acquire some of this locally produced content and we expect to see more of it on the SVOD platforms in the coming quarters.”

Indeed, Spain’s Atresmedia’s long-running series, “Amar es para siempre” spawned modern-day drama “#Luimelia.” Commissioned for the group’s premium SVOD tier, Atresplayer Premium, it has already been renewed for a further two seasons. HBO Max recently acquired the platform’s original bioseries “Veneno,” about the life of the Spanish singer and trans icon.

In Mexico, Televisa’s “Mi marido tiene familia” spawned “El corazon nunca se equivoca,” a series about a young gay couple aimed at a teen audience. Elsewhere, Colombia’s RCN has “Lala’s Spa,” starring trans actress Isabella Santiago in production. In Brazil, Globoplay is working on a bioseries about Marielle Franco and Amazon has original September in the works.

The Korean market has been more conservative than APAC countries like Thailand and Japan where LGBT+ content is more common. However, the tide is changing and recently more well-rounded LGBT+ characters have appeared, for instance in jTBC’s “Itaewon Class.” This became the third-most-watched show in the broadcaster’s history in Q1 2020. The international platforms have spotted untapped potential in Korean content, with series such as “Where Your Eyes Linger,” recently acquired by Netflix for its Korean service.

Brave New World

STREAMING REVIEW:

Peacock;
Sci-Fi;
Not rated.
Stars Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay, Harry Lloyd, Kylie Bunbury, Nina Sosanya, Joseph Morgan, Sen Mitsuji, Hannah John-Kamen, Demi Moore.

Among the signature originals of NBCUniversal’s new Peacock streaming service is this sexed-up, modernized adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s dystopian 1932 novel about a futuristic society that achieves the illusion of utopia through population control and psychological manipulation.

“Brave New World” the series takes place in a technologically advanced future society in which all children are genetically engineered, adults are drugged into happiness, people are ranked by the importance of their role in society, and all privacy and monogamy is prohibited.

One of the administrators, Bernard (Harry Lloyd) begins to question the system when one of the lower-ranking janitors commits suicide, and he begins having insecurities about fitting in. He befriends a lower-ranked genetic scientist, Lenina (Jessica Brown Findlay), whom he previously chastised for carrying on an exclusive sexual relationship with another high-ranking citizen, calling their actions selfish for refusing to share each other’s bodies with the rest of society.

They take a trip to the Savage Lands, an amusement park set up to re-create the way humanity used to live (essentially the show spoofing our current way of life). The less-sophisticated residents of the Savage Lands, however, don’t take kindly to being gawked at by the intellectual elite, and begin planning a violent revolution. Among them is John (Alden Ehrenreich), the propmaster who decides to spice up an enactment of a shotgun wedding by adding live ammunition.

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While story elements and characters are derived from the source material, the show itself with its ample nudity, graphic violence and slick production values comes across more like HBO’s “Westworld” but with actual people instead of robots, and less-convoluted plotting. The series had been in development since 2015 for the less-risqué Syfy network, another NBCUniversal subsidiary, so it’s easy to see why Peacock would poach it in an attempt to grab a piece of the “Westworld” and “Handmaid’s Tale” audiences.

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The first two episodes are available on Peacock’s free ad-supported level. For the remaining seven episodes, viewers must upgrade to one of Peacock’s paid plans.

Peacock Streaming Service Tallies 10 Million Subs Since July 15 Launch

NBCUniversal’s high-profile subscription streaming and ad-supported VOD platform, Peacock, has generated 10 million subscribers since its July 15 launch, Comcast chairman/CEO Brian Roberts announced July 30.

The service, along with WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, represent the latest major media company efforts to compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu in the burgeoning over-the-top video market.

Speaking on the fiscal call, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said the launch has exceeded expectations thus far.

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“We could not be more pleased,” he said. “Not only are more people signing up than we projected, but they are watching more frequently and engaging much longer than we projected.”

One key difference between Peacock and other services is the new service offers a free ad-supported tier with limited programming that new subscribers can access without a credit card or paying anything. Subscribers can choose to unlock all the content with a paid premium tier with limited ads, or an ad-free premium tier.

Shell said he expects Peacock to ramp up subscriptions in the fall and with the launch of new original programming in January.

Peacock Bows Olympics Channel

In anticipation of the Tokyo Olympics beginning on July 23, 2021, the Peacock streaming service has created the 24-hour channel Road to Tokyo, dedicated to Olympic and Paralympic classic moments, documentaries and studio programming.

NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service, launched July 15, offers an ad-supported free tier and an ad-supported premium tier for $4.99/month, serving no more than five minutes of advertising per hour. An ad-free version of the premium tier is also available for $9.99/month.

Road to Tokyo will feature a collection of on demand content that includes 10 documentaries produced by NBC Olympics, highlighted by Peacock originals In Deep With Ryan Lochte and Kamome. Additionally, “Olympic Classics” revisits the most inspirational events of recent games, including Simone Biles’ gold-medal winning performance at the Rio 2016 Olympics, gold medal victories from Team USA in men’s basketball by the “Dream Team” at Barcelona in 1992, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant at Beijing 2008, and Carli Lloyd’s two-goal performance to propel women’s soccer to a gold medal at London 2012.

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The channel will also feature three exclusive new specials to prepare fans for the upcoming games. Dreams Live On: Countdown to Tokyo examines the journey of star athletes, such as Simone Biles and Allyson Felix, preparing for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Lighting the Olympic Flame: Iconic Ceremony Moments looks back at past opening ceremonies with interviews with participants such as Michael Phelps and composer John Williams. The Olympics & Paralympics: Inspirational Moments presents moments of courage and sportsmanship from recent past Olympics.

Analyst: HBO Max, Peacock Have Highest-Rated Programming

HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock may be latecomers to the subscription video-on-demand party, but their catalog programming ranked higher in July than Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+, according to new data from online media guide JustWatch.com.

From June 19 to July 20, JustWatch top movies streamed (in order) included Palm Springs, Independence Day, Greyhound, Knives Out, Ford v Ferrari, The King of Staten Island, The Old Guard, Irresistible, 1917 and Relic. Top TV shows included “Yellowstone,” “The Legend of Korra,” “Alone,” “The Alienist,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Better Call Saul,” “Schitt’s Creek,” “Mad Men,” “The Good Place” and “Perry Mason.”

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Citing July ratings from IMDb.com, JustWatch, which offers online content guides to third-party SVOD and AVOD platforms, analyzed catalog programming across the various streaming channels, which excluded original programming.

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The company said 86% of Peacock’s catalog is rated between 6 to 9 on IMDb ratings, which is runner-up to HBO Max, with 92% of its catalog receiving the same IMDb rates — but ahead of Netflix Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

When comparing each catalog’s quality, most of HBO Max’s content is rated an 8, which JustWatch clarified does not mean HBO has the most titles compared with Netflix.

Netflix’s ‘Cursed’ Top Rising Show, ‘Modern Family’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Cursed” led the shows on the rise while the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” was the top binge on the TV Time charts for the week ended July 19.

Based on the upcoming book of the same name, “Cursed,” which debuted on Netflix July 17,  is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword.

Taking the silver on the rising show chart was “Brave New World,” an original series from new streaming service Peacock, which officially launched July 15. The series is based on Aldous Huxley’s dystopian science-fiction novel.

Sandwiched between network sitcoms “Modern Family” (No. 1) and “Friends” (No. 3) at No. 2 on the binge chart was Netflix’s “Dark,” the third and final season of which hit screens June 27. The series reaches its mind-bending conclusion, moving beyond the concept of space and time.

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TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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 Top Binge Shows Week Ended July 19 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 2.55%
  2. “Dark” (Netflix) — 2.47%
  3. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.65%
  4. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.58%
  5. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.30%
  6. “Cable Girls” (Netflix) — 1.27%
  7. “The 100” (The CW) — 1.26%
  8. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.26%
  9. “Warrier Nun” (Netflix) — 1.19%
  10. “One Piece” (Fuji TV) — 1.13%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended July 19 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Cursed” (Netflix) — 99.9%
  2. “Brave New World” (Peacock) — 99.8%
  3. “Gibiate” (AT-X) — 98.8%
  4. “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC) — 88.2%
  5. “The Collapse” (Canal+) — 85%
  6. “The Daily Show” (Comedy Central) — 83.3%
  7. “Masterchef Brasil” (Rede Bandeirantes) — 75.5%
  8. “Absentia” (AXN) — 72.3%
  9. “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS) — 66.2%
  10. “Nazare” (SIC) — 56.8%

Peacock at Launch Tops App Annie’s Download List — But So Did Quibi

NEWS ANALYSIS — A day after the much-ballyhooed launch of Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, corporate parent Comcast Corp. was strangely silent about the initial reaction from consumers.

The company’s press site had no updated news, just a link to an appearance by Matthew Strauss, chairman of Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” the day before the launch.

But third-party reports suggest strong demand for Peacock, which offers subscribers access to more than 20,000 hours of content from networks and studios.

The Peacock app topped the “free apps” list for July 15 from tracking service App Annie, ahead of Zoom Cloud Meetings, YouTube and TikTok.

And while app downloads only tell a partial story — they only include mobile use — beating Zoom, whose popularity mushroomed with remote working brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, is no small feat. And yet it’s a little early for Peacock champagne corks to pop.

Quibi, the short-form streaming service launched by ex-Walt Disney and DreamWorks chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and former HP CEO Meg Whitman, also topped App Annie’s list of the most-downloaded free apps on launch day in early April.

Within two months, the app was no longer among the top 1,000 free apps, according to another tracking service, Sensor Tower. And in July Sensor Tower said that only 8% of trial subscribers had converted into pay subscribers. It must be noted that Quibi debates that data.

“The number of paid subscribers is incorrect by an order of magnitude,” according to a Quibi statement. “To date, over 5.6 million people have downloaded the Quibi app.  Our conversion from download to trial is above mobile app benchmarks, and we are seeing excellent conversion to paid subscribers — both among our 90-day free trial sign-ups from April, as well as our 14-day free trial sign-ups from May and June.”

Comcast, which reports second fiscal results July 30, will likely defer any quantitative consumer data for Peacock until then. The service — like WarnerMedia’s HBO Max — has met significant distribution challenges from the outset with both Roku and Amazon Prime Channels not listing the app reportedly due to contractual differences over who controls user data, among other issues. The two platforms account for 70% of the combined market share as of July 2019, according to Parks Associates.

Roku reportedly demands 20% of subscription fees, with Amazon commanding upwards of 45% from users who subscribe through their channel features. But the platforms are also asking for ad inventory, free content for the Roku Channel and Amazon’s IMDb TV, according to Variety.

NBCUniversal’s Peacock Streaming Service Launches Nationally

The hype is over. Now comes the heavy lifting. NBCUniversal July 15 formally launched the Peacock app, affording users and subscribers access to more than 20,000 hours of content from networks and studios.

Peacock, unlike other SVOD platforms, offers an ad-supported free tier and an ad-supported premium tier for $4.99/month, serving no more than five minutes of advertising per hour. An ad-free version of the premium tier is also available for $9.99/month.

“This is a historic moment for our company as we proudly introduce Peacock to consumers nationwide — a groundbreaking vision that was brought to life by an incredible team of people from across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky,” Matt Strauss, chairman of Peacock, said in a July 14 statement.

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Like WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, Peacock is not available on Roku or Amazon Fire TV. It is available on Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices; Xbox One S and Xbox One X; and Vizio SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs. Starting the week of July 20, Peacock will be available Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

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Content sources include NBC, Bravo, USA Network, Syfy, Oxygen, E!, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Universal Kids, A&E, ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, History, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Focus Features, Illumination, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and Blumhouse. In addition, the service will feature Peacock Original movies and shows; more than 30 curated channels; current season series and specials from NBC and Telemundo; live news and sports; as well as daily trending highlights from “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” “Noticias Telemundo,” MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, “E! News” and “Access Hollywood.”

Peacock Reveals Free and Premium Tier Content Offerings

Peacock, Comcast’s highly marketed streaming service, officially launched July 15 with more than 20,000 hours of premium content from networks and studios, including NBC, Bravo, USA Network, Syfy, Oxygen, E!, CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Universal Kids, A&E, ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, History, Nickelodeon, Showtime, Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, Focus Features, Illumination, ViacomCBS, Paramount, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and Blumhouse.

In addition, the service features Peacock Original movies and shows; more than 30 curated channels; current season series and specials from NBC and Telemundo; live news and sports; as well as daily trending highlights from TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Meet the Press, Noticias Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! Newsand Access Hollywood.

“This is a historic moment for our company as we proudly introduce Peacock to consumers nationwide — a groundbreaking vision that was brought to life by an incredible team of people from across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky,” Matt Strauss, chairman of Peacock, said in a statement.

Peacock offers an ad-supported free tier and an ad-supported premium tier for $4.99/month, serving no more than five minutes of advertising per hour. An ad-free version of the premium tier is also available for $9.99/month.

Peacock is currently available on Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices including Android, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; and VIZIO SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs. Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, enjoy Peacock Premium included with their service at no additional cost.

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As previously reported, starting the week of July 20, Peacock will be available on Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro

Both free and premium tiers will feature current seasons from NBC, news, sports and pop culture highlights, and dozens of genre channels, including live news from NBC News Now and Sky News, exclusive curated channels featuring the best moments from shows such as “The Office” (“Office Shorts”), “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL Vault”), “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (“Fallon Tonight”), “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (“Seth Meyers Now”), and exclusive genre channels like CNBC Make It, Today All Day, CNBC Ka-Ching, American Greed, 80s Mixtape, True Crime, Kiss Me Deadly, Peacock Reality, Out of This World, Caso Cerrado and I Love Jenni, among others.

Peacock will deliver more than 13,000 hours of content — completely free — including a vast library of popular movies such as the The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Jurassic ParkJurassic Park III, Tully, Phantom Thread, The Interpreter, American Psycho, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, The Blair Witch Project, The Mummy, Joe, Fletch, Fletch Lives, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Fear, Psycho, Do the Right Thing, Howard the Duck, Billy Elliot, The Birds, Willie, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, The Last House on the Left, I Am Ali, In The Name of the Father, Lone Ranger, The Hitcher, Law Abiding Citizen, The Sting, What Dreams May Come, Fried Green Tomatoes, One True Thing, Gosford Park, Dracula and Dragnet.

 The free tier will offer new episodes of NBC current season series one week after they air, including “This Is Us” and “The Blacklist,” sample episodes of Peacock Originals, and hundreds of classic shows, including “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Punky Brewster,” “The Johnny Carson Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and “Everybody Hates Chris”; dramas like “Friday Night Lights,” “Downton Abbey,” “Parenthood,” “Monk,” “Heroes,” “Psych,” “The Game,” “Suits,” “Sacred Lies,” “Royal Pains,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Columbo,” “Hunter,” “The Rockford Files,” “Dateline,” “21 Jump Street,” “Highlander,” “Leave It To Beaver,” “Munsters” and “Murder She Wrote”; reality series “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” “Chrisley Knows Best,” “Botched,” “Flipping Out,” “Million Dollar Listing New York,” “Pawn Stars,” “Storage Wars,” “Real Housewives of Dallas,” “Jay Leno’s Garage,” “Shahs of Sunset” and “Undercover Boss”; competition series “Top Chef Masters,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “King Kong The Animated Series,” “Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures,” “Fievel’s American Tails” and “Woody Woodpecker”; and Spanish-language titles “Betty en NY”, “I Love Jenni”, “Reina De Corazones,” “The Riveras,” “Preso No. 1,” “Caso Cerrado,” “El Baron,””El Chema,” “Larrymania,” “Perro Amor,” “Mi Familia Perfecta,” “Quien es Quien,” “Victoria” and “Donde Esta Elisa”.

Live sports in the free tier include four exclusive Premier League matches on July 15, coverage of the U.S. Open Championship and Women’s Open Championships, an NFL Wild Card Playoff Game, and select events from the upcoming Tokyo and Beijing Olympics. In addition, sports fans will enjoy on demand replays of events like Triple Crown horse races, daily highlights from NBC Sports, and hundreds of hours of sports series, documentaries and films such as Tiger Woods Chasing History1968I Am AliDream TeamBeing EvelFehertyWillieand Peacock Originals Lost Speedways and In Deep with Ryan Lochte.

Peacock Premium will feature access to all 20,000 hours of programming on the platform, including everything in the free tier plus the full catalog of Peacock Originals including Brave New World, The Capture, Intelligence, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home, DreamWorks Where’s Waldo?, DreamWorks Cleopatra In Space and Curious Georgeall library series including treasured favorites like “Two and a Half Men,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “George Lopez,” “Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “King of Queens,” “Superstore,” “Frasier,” “Cheers,” “House,” “The Affair,” “Yellowstone,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Ray Donovan,” “Swedish Dicks” and “American Ninja Warrior”; kids series including DreamWorks’ “Dragons: Riders of Berk,” “Care Bears” and “Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot”; and the entire movie collection including titles such as ShrekLone Survivor, Ted, Identity Thief, Children of Men, Charlie Wilson’s War, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Frankenstein, Kicking and Screaming, Larry Crowne, and You, Me & Dupree.

 The premium tier will also provide earlier access to programming, such as next-day access to new episodes of current season NBC shows, including America’s Got Talent, Blindspot, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, A Little Late with Lilly Singh, Saturday Night Live, Superstore, Law & Order: SVU, Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, New Amsterdam, Manifest, The Titan Games, Hollywood Game Night, World of Dance, The Kelly Clarkson Show, Access Hollywood, Days of Our Lives, Dateline, NBC Nightly Newsand Meet the Press, and Telemundo series including 100 Días Para Enamorarnos, Celia, Cennet, Enemigo Intimo, La Doña, Minuto Para Ganar and Noticias Telemundo. Exclusive access to Late Night With Seth Meyers and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 8:00 pm ET will only be available on Peacock Premium when the shows return to in-studio production.

 Peacock Premium will also feature access to a growing catalog of live and on demand sports programming, including more than 175 exclusive Premier League matches for the 2020-2021 season; coverage of elite cycling events like the Tour De France from August 29 – September 20, and La Vuelta from October 20 – November 8; and more than 100 hours of WWE content coming in August including series WWE Untold and Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, and compilations like John Cena’s Best WrestleMania Matches.

New original programming will continually debut on Peacock, including previously announced titles like Angelyne,  Rutherford Falls,  Battlestar Galactica, Punky Brewster,  Dr. Death, Housewives Mash-up, Saved By the Bell, Five Bedrooms, Lady Parts, Girls5Eva, Who Wrote That, Kids Tonight Show, The Amber Ruffin Show, Armas De Mujer and Caso Cerrado.

In addition, popular shows will soon live on Peacock, including “The Office,” “Chicago P.D.,” ”Chicago Fire,” ”Chicago Med,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Bates Motel,” ”Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” ”Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Real Housewives of New York,” “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” “Real Housewives of Orange County,” “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Top Chef,” “Married with Children,” “Curse of Oak Island,” ”First 48,” ”American Pickers,” ”Ancient Aliens,” “Cold Case Files” and “Charmed.”

Movie buffs will enjoy a steady influx of feature films, including movies in the Pay 1 window such as Trolls World TourYou Should Have Left, Croods 2Boss Baby 2, and Spirit, and upcoming library titles like Mama, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, The Purge, Riddick, Ride Along,  E.T., American Gangster, ANTZ, Fast & Furious, Fast 5, Fast & Furious 6, Field of Dreams, The Express, Knocked Up, Bridesmaids, National Lampoon’s Vacation, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Wanted, Evan Almighty, The Conjuring, Dawn of the Dead, The Dark Knight, Beetlejuice, The Big Lebowski, Scent of a Woman, Meatballs, 3:10 to Yuma, Lost In Translation, Brokeback Mountain, Pitch Black, The Graduate, Police Academy, The Great Outdoors, Hostel, The Bone Collector, Robin Hood, The Hurt Locker, The Break Up, Open Water, It Follows, Carlito’s Way and Sinister.

Peacock will also streamNFL Wild Card Game, Ryder Cup and the Tokyo and Beijing Olympics coming in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

In addition to the nine Peacock Originals launching with the service on July 15, Peacock announced premiere dates for more original series to debut in the coming weeks, including:

“A.P. Bio” – Premiering Sept. 3

When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing into Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear that he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids’ brainpower for his own benefit. But are his students instead helping him to realize his dream job might actually be the one he has right now? Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt, Veep) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin. The series also stars Mary Sohn (Work in Progress), Lyric Lewis (Baskets), Jean Villepique (Sharp Objects) and Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live). A.P. BIO  is produced by Broadway Video, Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions and Universal Television.

“Departure” – Premiering Sept. 17

Passenger plane Flight 716 shockingly vanishes, and brilliant investigator Kendra Malley (Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife), alongside her mentor Howard Lawson (Christopher Plummer, Knives Out) are brought on to lead the investigation. When battling forces threaten to undermine their work, Kendra must find the truth and stop it from happening again. The series also stars Kris Holden-Reid (Umbrella Academy), Rebecca Liddiard (Run This Town), Tamara Duarte (Longmire), Mark Rendall (Versailles), Peter Mensah (Midnight, Texas) and Sasha Roiz (Suits). DEPARTURE is produced in association with Starlings Television and Corus Entertainment, produced by Shaftesbury (Canada) and Greenpoint Productions Ltd. (UK).

“Five Bedrooms” – Premiering Aug. 13

Five singles meet at, of all places, the singles’ table at a wedding. After several bottles of champagne, they decide to pitch in and buy a house together. Five singles buy a house together – what could go right?  It’s a grand social experiment with one glaring problem: they’ll have to actually live with each other.  All while journeying together through disasters, life-turning crises, and  moments of love, joy and heartbreak. The series stars Kat Stewart (Offspring), Stephen Peacocke (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), Doris Younane (Frayed), Katie Robertson (Rosehaven), Roy Joseph (Halim), Kate Jenkinson (Wentworth) and Hugh Sheridan (Packed to the Rafters). FIVE BEDROOMS is produced by Hoodlum Entertainment with assistance from Film Victoria. It is co-funded by Sky StudiosNetwork Ten and Screen Australia.

“Hitmen” – Premiering Aug. 6

Best friends Jamie (Mel Giedroyc) and Fran (Sue Perkins) are trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living. Fueled by their antics and frivolous bickering, each job inevitably gets derailed, leading them into bizarre misadventures, full of oddball characters and unexpected dilemmas. HITMEN is produced by Tiger Aspect in association with Sky Studios and is distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

 

Peacock Inks Distribution Agreement With Sony PlayStation

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s pending streaming service, July 14 announced it will be available on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation 4 systems starting the week of July 20, shortly after Peacock’s national launch on July 15. Peacock will be available on PS4 and PS4 Pro, and Peacock will curate an always-on editorial row that features currently available content.

In April, Peacock’s early preview rolled out free to eligible Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex subscribers.

At launch, the platform will offer an ad-supported free tier of movies, TV shows and live and on-demand programming across news, sports, reality and late night. Peacock Premium will be available for $4.99 per month (with ads). Users can upgrade to an ad-free tier for an additional $5 ($9.99 total) per month.

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“We’ve made Peacock free to our distribution partners like Sony Interactive Entertainment so anyone can stream Peacock anywhere they choose,” Maggie McLean Suniewick, president, business development and partnerships, Peacock, said in a statement.

Peacock recently announced original programming available at launch including Brave New World, The Capture, Intelligence and Lost Speedways; sports documentary In Deep with Ryan Lochte; and the entire full-length film Psych 2: Lassie Come Home. In addition, customers will enjoy current season programming from NBC and Telemundo, access to hundreds of blockbuster movies like Jurassic Park, Do the Right Thing, and Shrek; and iconic shows including comedies Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, George Lopez, Psych, Monk and Cheers; dramas Law & Order: SVU, Downton Abbey, Yellowstone, Friday Night Lights, House, Battlestar Galactica, Parenthood, Heroes, and kids programing including Curious George, DreamWorks Where’s Waldo? and DreamWorks Cleopatra in Space.

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Peacock users will also enjoy daily programming highlights from “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press,” “Noticias Telemundo,” MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood, and streaming channels including clip-based channels like the best Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers comedy sketches, the best sketches from the “SNL” Vault, plus news channels from NBC News Now and Sky News, and genre channels like True Crime, Reality Check-In and 80s Mix Tape.