Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

NBC Launches Peacock Streaming Service

Julia Alexander, the Verge:

Comcast and NBCUniversal announced today that Peacock will be available in three tiers: a free option (Peacock Free) that comes with limited programming; an ad-supported complete version that is free to existing Comcast customers and $5-a-month for everyone else; and a $10-a-month ad-free subscription option that is open to anyone. That one is known as Peacock Premium.

Peacock Free consists of 7,500 hours of programming, including next-day access to current seasons of first-year NBC shows, Universal movies, and curated content such as SNL, Vault, and Family Movie Night. The two premium tiers come in at $4.99 per month with ads and $9.99 per month with no ads. Both of these tiers will include live sports and early access to late-night shows. Peacock Premium will include non-televised Premier League soccer games beginning in August.

Between weak antitrust enforcement, mergers designed to create vertical integration, the demise of net neutrality, and exclusive distribution contracts, it’s like a slow return to the old Hollywood studio system at even greater scale and scope.