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Everyone knows that NBC is releasing its own streaming platform. Everyone knows some of the shows that will be featured on the platform, and the exciting original content NBC is planning for its launch date. What the general public didn’t know was when the service would be released and how much it would cost. NBC has remained tightlipped about Peacock’s release date and the pricing structure for the service, all while competitors happily shared their plans with the public. The wait, however, is finally over. NBC has officially released pricing information and they’ve committed to a release date, too.

When will NBC’s streaming service launch

NBC will launch the streaming platform in two phases. The first phase will only be available to Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers. The official launch date for those who already subscribe to Comcast is set for April 15. Comcast subscribers will get the first look at Peacock because the platform is actually a collaborative effort between Comcast and NBCUniversal.

NBCUniversal kicks off it's new Peacock streaming service on TODAY at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
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Those who don’t currently have Comcast service will need to wait a bit longer to access all of the titles available from Peacock. The official launch date for the rest of the population is set for July 15, reports The Verge.

How much will the service cost?

Peacock’s pricing structure is significantly different than the pricing structures offered by competitors in the streaming space. NBC will approach their pricing in tiers, meaning subscribers will have the option to pick different price points, depending on what cable service provider they currently have, and what type of content they would like to see.

A free, ad-supported version of the platform will be available to anyone with an internet connection, but free subscribers will only gain access to about 50% of the platform’s content. Instead of 15,000 hours of streaming content, free subscribers will be able to access nearly 7,500 hours of content. How the content will be sectioned off remains unknown.

To access all 15,000 hours of programming, subscribers will need to pay up. An ad-enabled version will be available for $5 per month. A premium, ad-free experience can be had for $10 per month. Those who have Comcast or Cox Communication services will be able to access the ad-free platform for $5 per month. The ad-enabled version will be offered to Comcast and Cox Communication customers for free.  

What shows will be housed on Peacock?

Peacock’s streaming catalog will be filled with exciting titles. As of now, the streaming service will house around 400 different series, including original content, and 600 movies. They are also planning to offer live and on-demand content that includes sports, news, and reality TV, according to Variety.

The platform will house TV classics like Everybody Loves Raymond, 30 Rock, House, and King of Queens. The platform’s reality platform will be fairly robust, too. Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Chrisley Knows Best and The Real Housewives franchise will all be available for streaming, according to Tech Crunch.

NBC doesn’t plan to rely on existing content to entice subscribers, either. The most significant announcements regarding the platform have to do with original content. The network announced that they’d be rebooting a couple of TV classics, much to the excitement of potential subscribers. The streaming platform will house a reboot of Saved By the Bell and Punky Brewster. Further original content is expected, as well.