Peacock launches on Google TV, as NBCU reveals extent of The Office coverage

NBCUniversal’s hybrid streaming service Peacock is now available on Google TV. Google TV is a reskinned version of Android TV that exclusively runs on the latest Chromecast devices which launched in October. The OS builds on the original Android TV experience with a greater focus on home screen curation and access to live TV. Users […]

NBCU’s hybrid streamer Peacock hits 26 million subscribers

NBCUniversal’s fledgling streamer Peacock has racked up 26 million subscribers since launch, according to CEO Jeff Shell. The hybrid OTT service, which offers AVOD and SVOD options to customers, was launched to customers of NBCU parent Comcast in April before being rolled out across the US in mid-July. It had attracted 22 million sign-ups by […]

NBCU reveals execs to lead TV & streaming under Susan Rovner

NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner has appointed a raft of execs to oversee content for its newly restructured entertainment operation, with Peacock’s head of originals Bill McGoldrick set to leave the company as a result. Rovner, who left Warner Bros. earlier this year to become chairman of entertainment at NBCU’s new-look TV and streaming division, has named […]

HBO Max, Apple TV, Netflix and other streaming apps confirmed for Xbox Series launch

A week ahead of their launch, Microsoft has confirmed the streaming apps that will be available on its new generation of Xbox consoles.  The company will release its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles on November 10, and announced the list of supported streamers in a blog post. The company confirmed that the big […]

Peacock proving popular with older viewers, while HBO Max targets wealthy millennials

A generational divide has emerged between the US’s latest major streaming services Both NBCUniversal’s Peacock and WarnerMedia premium SVOD HBO Max launched this summer with solid performances. According to Ampere, 8% of US internet households have a subscription to HBO Max while 7% are using Peacock. Both streamers are, initially at least, reliant on pre-existing […]

NBCU’s Peacock top performing US SVOD of Q3 

NBCUniversal’s Peacock seems to have won the initial battle of the US’s new premium streamers. According to new research from Kantar, Peacock captured more than 17% of all new VOD subscriptions in the US in the three months ended in September. This is contrasted to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, which launched several weeks before Peacock in […]

NBCU confirms Warner Bros. alum Susan Rovner as entertainment chief

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has named former Warner Bros. TV exec Susan Rovner as its new entertainment chief, following the company-wide restructure last month. Rovner, whose appointment has been in the works for several months, takes the newly created role of chairman for entertainment content at NBCU’s recently created TV and streaming arm, reporting into the division’s chairman […]

Premier League secures stop-gap deal in China with Tencent Sports

The English Premier League has signed a broadcast deal in China with Tencent to cover the 2020-21 season. The one year deal is understood to be something of an emergency stop-gap, following the League’s abandonment of its deal with PPTV. The league voted to cut the PPTV deal short after a year earlier this month […]

Peacock free tier accounts for 90% of all viewers, claims research

The vast majority of Peacock viewers spent the first fortnight of the service’s availability watching on the hybrid VOD platform’s free tier. According to stats from streaming media guide Reelgood, about 90% of all streaming on Peacock from July 17-30 was done by free viewers. Peacock, the big-budget streaming service of Comcast-owned NBCUniversal, launched on […]