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    Here's Everything You Need To Know About Peacock

    The most important thing? NBC's new streaming service is *free*.

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    NBCUniversal is joining the streaming game, and if you're anything like me (aka quickly running down my watch list while staying home), you'll be eager to learn more. Meet Peacock (yes, named after the iconic NBC logo).

    The Peacock TV logo, from NBCUniversal
    Peacock TV

    Peacock launches today, July 15 (yes, that means you can sign up right now). But before you do (if you're not in a hurry), here's everything you need to know:

    There are three different ways to watch: regular Peacock, which is 100% free (no entering a credit card, nothin'); Peacock Premium, which costs $4.99/month and unlocks extra content; and Peacock Premium *Plus*, which costs $9.99/month and lets you watch *ad-free*.

    The Peacock Premium Banner
    Peacock TV

    Just note that some programming on Peacock Premium Plus will still feature ads due to ~streaming rights~.

    Oh and PS, if you're an Xfinity or Cox subscriber, you may have access to Peacock Premium as it's already included in your plan!

    But if your streaming budget is maxed out, the free Peacock subscription has pleeeeenty of content to keep you busy, with current TV shows, thousands of your favorite episodes from the past, and hundreds of movies. Let's get into it:

    You'll have access to hundreds of movies from studios like Universal, DreamWorks, and Focus Features — including titles like Jurassic Park, Phantom Thread, the Matrix movies, Reservoir Dogs, and Do the Right Thing.

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    There are many collections to browse as well, including ones dedicated to Hitchcock, cinema from the 1930s, and cult classics.

    Universal Pictures

    And of course you've got thousands of episodes of current, past, and classic TV shows, including Frasier (my fave), Downton Abbey, This Is Us, Murder, She Wrote, and Million Dollar Listing.

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    There are really too many to list here!

    Not sure what to watch? Check out the "Peacock Channels" playing movies, full episodes, and clips allllllllll day long, including Today All Day, The Office Shorts, a true crime channel, and the SNL Vault, which plays skits 24/7.


    I just tuned in to the SNL channel playing the Bambi and Fast & Furious mash-up trailer from when the Rock hosted, followed by the ever-classic "Schweddy Balls."

    You'll also get access to live news from NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, and even E! News so you can keep up with the latest headlines and recent episodes.


    And yes, that includes Dateline.

    Peacock even has live sports and sports news, including Premier League football. You can even watch highlights from old Olympics games.


    And it also includes telenovelas, other TV shows, news, sports, and movies from Telemundo.

    Peacock TV

    Plus Peacock will have its own ~original~ content, including movies like Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (yes a sequel to the Psych movie), Brave New World (a TV show based on the Huxley novel), and kid-favorite Curious George.

    The promo image for "Psych 2"
    Peacock TV

    Everything only available on Peacock Premium is marked with a little feather in the corner, making it easy to craft your watch list without any unpleasant I-can't-watch-this surprises.

    The promo image for "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," with the purple feather in the corner
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    So to get started, just sign up for your free Peacock account, or try Peacock Premium and Peacock Premium Plus for a seven-day free trial to get started!