Is Peacock worth it? Learn more about what you get for the monthly cost and if a free trial is available.
Launched in 2020, NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock features more than 40,000 TV shows, movies, originals, sporting events, and more, while subscribers can choose from three membership tiers -- one free and two paid plans.
Peacock no longer offers a free trial to try before you buy the service, but does offer discounted rates if you sign up for an annual plan instead of month-to-month billing. Peacock also partners with several internet providers (including Xfinity, Cox, and Spectrum) to provide their customers with discounted Peacock subscriptions.
As a Peacock subscriber, you'll be able to choose from three plans: Free, Premium, and Premium Plus. The Peacock price per month will depend on which tier you choose and if you're eligible for any discounts. Here's an overview of what each plan includes.
Unlike most of its competitors, Peacock offers a free membership tier, which is ad-supported. However, the free plan does have a surprising number of perks, including more than 50 channels of live TV, three concurrent streams, and six user profiles on a single account. On the downside, the programming selection is somewhat limited in this tier with only certain seasons of TV shows available. In order to access every season of a show like The Office, for example, you'd need to upgrade to a paid plan.
Next up is Peacock's Premium plan, which costs $5/mo. or $50/yr. Like the free subscription, this plan includes ads but has a much wider selection of content. Premium customers can access Peacock's complete library of live and on-demand content, including popular TV shows and live sporting events. You can even watch current NBC shows the day after they air, including Kenan, This Is Us, American Auto, Grand Crew, and more.
At $10/mo., or $100/yr., the Premium Plus plan is Peacock's most feature-packed package. Subscribers can watch more than 60,000 hours of ad-free programming, including everything from hit movies to Premier League soccer to exclusive Peacock content. This is also the only Peacock plan that allows you to download programs for offline viewing via mobile devices.
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Currently, there is no Peacock free trial available. In the past, the company advertised a Peacock free trial premium, but that offer has expired. The good news is that Peacock offers a completely free version of its product, so if you're interested in testing the service, all you need to do is sign up with your email address (no credit card required).
If you're interested in a paid Peacock plan, there are a few deals and discounts available that could help you save on subscription costs.
Peacock has teamed up with Cox, Spectrum, and Xfinity to give cable customers free access to its paid plans. Specifically, eligible customers of these three companies receive complimentary access to the Peacock Premium streaming plan. Overall, it's a nice perk that gives you access to live sports, current and previous TV shows, and a wide range of hit movies.
If you already have a cable subscription through one of these companies, it's easy to activate your free Peacock plan. You can learn more and sign up through the Peacock website.
If you pay annually instead of monthly, you'll save 17 percent on your Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus subscription. Let's break down the math to see the savings on the annual Peacock price.
With monthly billing, the Premium plan costs $5/mo. and the Premium Plus plan costs $10/mo.. However, if you choose annual billing, these plans will cost $50/yr. and $100/yr. -- reducing the Peacock price by $10/yr. or $20/yr., respectively.
Paying annually can be a smart option if you know that you'll use your subscription regularly for a year. If you're unsure, then a month-to-month plan could be a better choice. Compare your options and sign up through the Peacock website.
There may not be a free Peacock trial, but the platform has one big advantage against other major streaming services: A free plan. Other streaming services offer free trials, but none can say that they have a free version of their product (except for Sling TV).
Outside of that, Peacock is comparable to streaming services like Paramount+ and Hulu in terms of price and the annual billing discount. It's also similar to Discovery+, which offers discounted access for Verizon customers (like Peacock's offer for Cox, Spectrum, and Xfinity customers).
However, there are other types of discounts that Peacock does not offer. For example,Disney+ and ESPN+ can be bundled with Hulu to get steeper discounts -- but Peacock isn't part of these types of deals.
For some people, Peacock is absolutely worth the price. For starters, it offers a good mix of live TV and on-demand programming. It's also affordable -- particularly if you're eligible for a discount through your cable provider. But you'll really get the most value from Peacock if you're a die-hard fan of its exclusive content, like The Office, Premier League soccer, or WWE wrestling.
With that said, Peacock probably won't be worth it if you don't care about those exclusive TV shows or you can't take advantage of a cable-provider discount. In those cases, you can start by signing up for the free Peacock plan. If you find yourself using it often, you can always upgrade to a paid tier.
To explore plans and sign up, visit the Peacock website.