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Peacock vs. Netflix: Which streaming service is a better fit for you?
As the streaming wars intensify, we provide all the details you need to figure out if Peacock can compete with veteran Netflix.
NBC’s streaming service Peacock is launched nationwide in July of 2020. Along with it came some appealing perks including the ability to stream shows and movies for free.
Plus, the NBCUniversal platform hosts popular titles like Law and Order: SVU, Parks and Recreation and Jurassic Park alongside a small roster of original productions, most notably flagship series Brave New World.
But with competition on the streaming market so fierce, is it worth looking into yet another service? It’s up to you to decide. Here’s everything you need to know about Peacock to determine if it can compete with giant Netflix.
Peacock vs. Netflix head to head
|Features||Peacock Free||Peacock Premium||Peacock Premium Plus||Netflix Basic||Netflix Standard||Netflix Premium|
|Free trial||No||7 days||7 days||No||No||No|
|Release date||July 15, 2020||July 15, 2020||July 15, 2020||April 14, 1998||April 14, 1998||April 14, 1998|
|Shared devices||No limit||No limit||No limit||No limit||No limit||No limit|
|Total shows and movies||About 13,000 hours of content||970+||970+||5,500+||5,500+||5,500+|
|Devices||Apple TV – 4th Generation and later, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, LG WebOS smart TVs, Vizio SmartCast TVs, Android TV Devices, XBOX One, PC/Macs, Android mobile devices, iOS mobile devices, Cox and Xfinity set-top boxes, PS4 (coming soon)||Apple TV – 4th Generation and later, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, LG WebOS smart TVs, Vizio SmartCast TVs, Android TV Devices, XBOX One, PC/Macs, Android mobile devices, iOS mobile devices, Cox and Xfinity set-top boxes, PS4 (coming soon)||Apple TV – 4th Generation and later, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, LG WebOS smart TVs, Vizio SmartCast TVs, Android TV Devices, XBOX One, PC/Macs, Android mobile devices, iOS mobile devices, Cox and Xfinity set-top boxes, PS4 (coming soon)||Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, NVIDIA Shield, smart TVs (Hisense, Fire TV, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Roku TV, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Vizio), game consoles (PS3, PS4, PSVita, Nintendo 3DS, WII, XBOX One, XBOX 360), Mac/PC, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, Android/iOS/Windows mobile devices||Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, NVIDIA Shield, smart TVs (Hisense, Fire TV, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Roku TV, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Vizio), game consoles (PS3, PS4, PSVita, Nintendo 3DS, WII, XBOX One, XBOX 360), Mac/PC, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, Android/iOS/Windows mobile devices||Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, NVIDIA Shield, smart TVs (Hisense, Fire TV, LG, Panasonic, Philips, Roku TV, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Vizio), game consoles (PS3, PS4, PSVita, Nintendo 3DS, WII, XBOX One, XBOX 360), Mac/PC, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, Android/iOS/Windows mobile devices|
Peacock vs. Netflix price comparison
Netflix offers three subscription plans: Basic for $8.99 a month, Standard for $13.99 a month and Premium for $17.99 a month.
Regardless of which plan you sign up for, you gain access to the platform’s entire library of content. The difference stands in the viewing quality and the number of simultaneous streams you can enjoy at the same time. Netflix really shook things up in October by increasing the price of its Standard and Premium plans as well as removing free trials.
Basic lets you watch on one device in SD quality, Standard lets you stream on two devices at the same time in HD quality, while Premium enables four concurrent streams and comes with titles available in 4K quality. Each of the Netflix subscription plans offers a one-month free trial, so you can give the service a proper test-drive.
Peacock offers three subscription plans as well. Peacock Free won’t cost you a dime, but it’s limited and ad-supported. All you need to do to sign up is to create an account using your email address. Once that’s done, you can stream a limited number of titles from the library (more than half of the content available) with ads.
If that’s not enough, there are two Peacock Premium plans you can upgrade to. Premium costs $4.99 a month and gives you access to the entire content library with ads, while Premium Plus costs $9.99 a month and lets you stream anything from the library without ads. The Premium plans come with a seven-day free trial.
So quite clearly Peacock is significantly cheaper than Netflix and allows new users for a little taste with a free trial.
How does the content compare?
Out of the two services, Netflix has the bigger content library. The streamer focuses on original productions, which vary in quality but have incredible mass appeal.
Some of the most popular series on Netflix include global hits like Stranger Things, The Witcher, 13 Reasons Why, Lucifer and Orange Is the New Black. The service also shines on the movie front, with quality titles like The Irishman and The Old Guard. Netflix hosts kids’ programming, documentaries and reality TV as well.
That being said, Netflix took a hit in recent years as far as licensed content is concerned, especially since distributors have become interested in launching their own platforms. One of the most popular series on Netflix, The Office, will call Peacock home starting January 2021. Friends left Netflix at the end of 2019 and is now streaming on HBO Max. But with an ever-growing library of originals, subscribers have little reason to worry — it’s not like you’ll run out of stuff to watch anytime soon.
Over at Peacock, you’ll find a solid number of shows and movies, with many of them available on the free plan. Top shows include Parks and Recreation, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, King of Queens, This Is Us, Downton Abbey and Saturday Night Live. Movies tend to be of the classic variety — think Psycho, Jurassic Park, the Matrix trilogy and the Bourne franchise. The service launched with nine original productions. We highly recommend you check out Brave New World, The Capture and Psych 2: Lassie Come Home.
The bulk of the Peacock library consists of NBCUniversal’s back catalog and its franchises. That being said, the platform also licenses shows and movies from other companies like ViacomCBS (Ray Donovan) and Paramount (Yellowstone).
The service offers some kids’ programming as well, Spanish content, plenty of reality TV and — drumroll — live news and sports like the English Premier League, golf, NFL, horse racing and the Olympics (when it eventually happens).
Some live sporting events will be available for free, while others will require an upgrade to the Premium plan. You can also enjoy curated genre channels — Olympic Classics, Saturday Night Live, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and so on.
For returning NBC broadcast shows, Peacock users on the free plan will be able to watch episodes on the platform about one week after the episode airs, while Peacock Premium users will have next-day access to episodes.
Which has better features?
Both streaming platforms come with a slick user interface and the ability to add titles you’re interested in to a watchlist. The majority of content across both services is available with closed captioning and you can set up parental controls. However, that’s pretty much where the similarities end.
Netflix supports multiple profiles, while Peacock doesn’t offer that feature yet. Peacock also doesn’t enable offline viewing, so you can’t download titles to your device to watch on the go. Support for 4K streaming is not available so far.
The new platform does incorporate a Rotten Tomatoes score that appears when you hover over each title, so it’s easier to figure out if a movie or show is critically acclaimed. Peacock also offers live TV and sports, unlike Netflix.
As far as device compatibility goes, Netflix works on pretty much any device imaginable, from smart TVs to streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
At launch, Peacock is available on iOS and Android phones and tablets, as well as via web browsers, LG WebOS smart TVs, Vizio SmartCast TVs, Android TV Devices, Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox One. It’s also coming to PlayStation 4 soon. The downside is that Peacock isn’t available to Amazon or Roku users just yet.
Peacock supports three simultaneous streams on all plans. Meanwhile, the number of concurrent streams allowed on Netflix will depend on the plan you’re on.
Before deciding if you want to either ditch Netflix for Peacock, you should try the free ad-supported version. That will give you a taste for what Peacock has to offer and still leaves you with the wiggle room to test out the Premium version with a seven-day free trial.
There’s no denying that right now in terms of both size and quality Netflix has the superior library, but as more companies go it alone it will continue to lose some of that content. Netflix still remains the most popular streaming service in the world and that isn’t likely to change for a while.
While Peacock would love a slice of Netflix’s market share, it’s more likely to go head to head with Hulu and newcomer HBO Max. So pairing Peacock with an existing Netflix subscription is likely to be the most popular option, rather than canning the giant streamer all together.
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