How NBC's Peacock service stacks up against Netflix, others in streaming wars

Neha Melara

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(Reuters) - Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal will provide details on its planned Peacock video streaming service on Thursday, taking on industry leader Netflix Inc and others in the highly competitive field.

Here is what to expect.


NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service is a nod at the media company's peacock logo. (NBCUniversal) (NBCUniversal)

Cost: The service will have ads and be free for U.S. Comcast customers. During Thursday’s investor day presentation, the company will announce pricing for non-Comcast customers.

Original programming: Dramas including “Dr. Death” and a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica.” Reboots of comedies “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster.” Original films and animated series to be developed from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation.


TV library: “The Office” (starting in 2021); “Parks and Recreation,” “30 Rock,” “Frasier,” “Saturday Night Live,” and “Cheers.”

Movie library: “Bridesmaids,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Breakfast Club.” Also films from the “Bourne,” “Despicable Me” and “Fast & Furious” franchises.

Availability: April 2020


Stranger Things

Cost: Plans ranging from $8.99 here per month to $15.99 per month.

Bundles: Available as part of Comcast's Xfinity here package in the United States.

Discounts: Mobile plan in India for $3.54 here per month


Original programming: TV series and films such as “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “13 Reasons Why,” “Marriage Story,” “The Irishman.”

Television library: “Seinfeld” (starting in 2021), “The Office” (through 2020), “Breaking Bad.”

Movie library: “City of God,” “The Matrix,” “Trainspotting,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Availability: Globally except in China, North Korea, Crimea, and Syria.


An introductory page on the Disney Plus website is displayed on a computer screen in Walpole, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Disney Plus says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations. (AP Photo/Ste

Cost: $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

Bundles: $13 here per month bundle including Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu.

Original programming: “The Mandalorian,” “Loki,” “Lady and the Tramp.”


Television library: “High School Musical,” “Duck Tales,” “Star Wars Rebels,” “The Simpsons.”

Movie library: “Bambi,” “Frozen,” “The Sound of Music,” “Avatar.”

Launched: November 2019

Apple TV+:

Cost: $4.99 per month.

Discounts: Free one-year subscription with purchase of new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV device. Subscription in India for 99 rupees ($1.40) per month.

Original programming: “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “For All Mankind,” “Little Voice.”

No library beyond original programming.

Launched: November 2019

HBO Max:

The "Game of Thrones" finale airing was postponed in China. Streaming service Tencent Video announced the delay an hour before the scheduled airing on Monday. (AP)

Cost: $14.99 per month

Discounts: Free at launch to HBO subscribers on AT&T distribution platforms and HBO Now direct-billed customers.

Original programming: “Grease: Rydell High” musical spinoff series; four “Adventure Time” series; a “Gossip Girl” reboot; “Green Lantern.” Upcoming HBO series “The Outsider” and “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon.”

Television library: “Friends,” “Doctor Who,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “South Park;” HBO series including “Game of Thrones”

Movie library: DC Comics superhero movies including “The Dark Knight” as well as others like “Citizen Kane,” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy

Availability: May 2020 in the United States.

Amazon Prime Video:

This image released by Amazon Studios shows Rachel Brosnahan in a scene from “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." Season three premieres on Friday on Amazon Prime. (Philippe Antonello/Amazon Studios via AP)

Cost: $12.99 per month or $119 per year through an Amazon Prime membership with free shipping and other benefits. $8.99 per month for Prime Video only.

Discounts: $6.49 here per month for students

Original programming: “The Grand Tour,” “Jack Ryan,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Catastrophe.”

Television library: “Downton Abbey,” “Bones,” “Mr. Robot.”

Movie library: “You’ve Got Mail” and “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Availability: More than 200 here countries.


Cost: $5.99 here per month or $11.99 per month without advertisements.

Bundles: Can be bundled with Hulu’s live TV service.

Original programming: “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Veronica Mars,” “The Mindy Project” and “Marvel’s Runaways.”

Television: Next-day TV episodes from networks including NBC, ABC, FOX and FX for shows including “This is Us” and “Family Guy.”

Television library: “The Good Doctor, “ER,” “Lost,” “Golden Girls,” “Full House” and “Family Matters.”

Movie library: Titles including “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” the “Transformers” series and “A Quiet Place.”

Availability: The United States and Japan

CBS All Access:

Cost: $5.99 here per month, or $9.99 per month without commercials.

Discounts: 15 percent discount per month with an annual plan.

Original programming: “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard,” animated “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” “The Good Fight,” “The Twilight Zone.”

Television library: “Big Brother,” “NCIS,” and “The Brady Bunch.”

Movie library: “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Ghost,” the “Rocky” series.

Availability: United States