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Roku adds Peacock TV app

Roku has made the wise decision to add the Peacock TV app to its channel store, to help bring Premier League matches into more homes in the United States.

For the 2020/21 Premier League season, Peacock TV is exclusively streaming 175 matches which include many of the biggest games from the top-flight English soccer league. Peacock also includes the Premier League TV channel and more than 13,000 hours of current, classic, and original movies and shows, as well as live and on-demand content across news, sports, reality, late-night, and Spanish-language.

“We are excited to bring Peacock and its unrivaled catalog to millions of Americans who enjoy entertainment on their favorite Roku devices,” said Maggie McLean Suniewick, President, Business Development and Partnerships, Peacock. “Roku customers are engaged streamers and we know they’ll love access to a wide range of free and paid content.”

In addition to current season programming from NBC and Telemundo, Peacock customers enjoy access to live sports like upcoming coverage of the Premier League; hundreds of blockbuster movies like Trolls World Tour, 3:10 to Yuma, and Beetlejuice; iconic shows, including comedies Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, The King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, Frasier, George Lopez, and Cheers; dramas Law & Order: SVU, Downton Abbey, Yellowstone, Friday Night Lights, House, Battlestar Galactica, Psych, Parenthood, Monk, and Heroes; kids programming, including Curious George, Where’s Waldo?, and Cleopatra in Space; reality hits, including the Real Housewives franchise, Top Chef, and Below Deck; and Peacock Original series, including dramas Brave New World, Noughts + Crosses, The Capture, and Departure; comedies Five Bedrooms, Intelligence, and A.P. Bio; documentaries, including Black Boys, The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show, and A Most Beautiful Thing; and late-night shows, including Wilmore with Larry Wilmore and The Amber Ruffin Show.

SEE MORE: Schedule of Premier League games on US TV and streaming

The Peacock app also features daily programming highlights from TODAY, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Meet the Press, Noticias Telemundo, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC Sports, E! News and Access Hollywood, and a growing list of streaming channels, including clip-based channels like the best Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers comedy sketches, the best sketches from Saturday Night Live on SNL Vault, plus news channels from NBC News NOW and Sky News, sports channels from NBC Sports, and genre channels like True Crime, Reality Check-In and 80s Mix Tape.

For access to everything Peacock has to offer, Peacock Premium is available for $4.99 per month. Viewers may also upgrade Peacock Premium to an ad-free tier for an additional $5.00 per month.

SEE MORE: Peacock FAQ for Premier League fans: Answering your questions about NBC’s streaming service

In addition to the Roku platform, Peacock is currently available on Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices, including Android TV devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices; Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; and VIZIO SmartCast TVs, Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro, and LG Smart TVs. Comcast’s eligible Xfinity X1 and Flex customers, as well as eligible Cox Contour customers, enjoy Peacock Premium as part of their subscription at no additional cost.

Now that Peacock TV is available on Roku, the next big app that soccer fans will want Peacock on is Amazon Fire TV. We encourage soccer fans who have Amazon Fire TV to contact Amazon to request that they add the Peacock app to its platform. Amazon customer service can be reached at (206) 922-0880.

 

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33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Kevin Rutherford

    September 23, 2020 at 8:21 am

    I don’t think Roku really cared much able Premier League on Peacock. What caused Roku to backdown and carry Peacock was NBC Universal telling Roku that if they didn’t carry Peacock then they would pull the 46 NBC Universal channels from Roku. That would have really hurt.

    • Yespage

      September 23, 2020 at 10:04 am

      Do you have details on the agreement? Because otherwise, you have no evidence to support that conjecture.

      • cm asia

        September 23, 2020 at 9:36 pm

        Um, Yespage.
        Evidence?
        Google “NBCU threatens Roku”.
        The internet is an amazing thing if you decide to use it.

        • Jack S.

          September 24, 2020 at 2:06 am

          We still don’t know what the actual agreement was though. Both sides likely compromised.

          Peacock having their Roku app ready to go two days after coming to an agreement with Roku shows that they knew all along they were going to deliver their content to Roku’s 43M registered users. We’ll probably see something similar for FireTV devices soon.

  2. Carlos

    September 22, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Chris, so I take it your paying for the premium or you had way better luck than me? I did try to link the accounts many times and received messages that said my account did not include the premium for free. It’s complicated and inconvenient for the purposes of getting a flex I think!

    • Christopher Harris

      September 22, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      I’m not paying anything for Peacock Premium. Maybe Comcast’s policy has changed? But the fine print says “Peacock Premium is included for no additional cost for all Xfinity Flex customers and Xfinity X1 and video customers who have a subscription to Xfinity Internet or Digital Starter TV, or equivalent, or above”

      • Carlos

        September 22, 2020 at 3:32 pm

        So maybe receive the flex, and with that Roku should be a go? Once you received the flex, what did you do to then have the access on the Roku? A bit confusing on Comcast part when it shouldn’t be.

        • Christopher Harris

          September 22, 2020 at 4:58 pm

          When you get the Flex, and go through the setup process, you can access Peacock directly through there. For Roku, I followed the 3 steps outlined in https://www.peacocktv.com/xfinity and then was able to use that Peacock login to get into the Peacock app on Roku.

          • Carlos

            September 22, 2020 at 5:51 pm

            Hello Chris, I was thinking to myself let me try something else (before reading your reply). I went ahead and logged into my xfinity account in the web. Then went straight to peacock and logged in. Then went link xfinity account, and this time it succeeded. I assume it’s because since I ordered the flex today and it shows in my account, then officially now I qualify for free premium. I have logged into the roku app and all is available now. Thank you for your replies as well, I appreciate all you and the team do on the site.

            • Christopher Harris

              September 22, 2020 at 6:42 pm

              Awesome. Glad to hear that did the trick. Maybe that’s the secret is that Comcast Xfinity customers have to order the Flex before they can successfully link the accounts will work.

              • Carlos

                September 22, 2020 at 9:14 pm

                Yes looks like that is the way around it. I hope my experience can help anybody out that has xfinity service and wants to use a roku device.

  3. Carlos

    September 21, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    I can confirm after being on chat with Peacock, that the only way as an xfinity customer you have access to the premium version for free is with ordering the x1 or flex box from comcast. On Roku, you get the free version, but not the premium version you would get with a flex. I went back and forth and they said they would forward this suggestion of using your box or device of choosing to access the premium version for free but no dice. It’s inconvenient, I understand my side and theirs, so it is what it is. Right now I see the premier league channel (no guide) and they are about to show the Everton game. This is on Roku, I just wanted to share my experience.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 22, 2020 at 7:15 am

      Hi Carlos, as long as you’re an Xfinity customer (even if you’re just a Comcast Internet customer, like I am), you get free access to Peacock Premium. More details can be found at https://www.peacocktv.com/xfinity

      • Carlos

        September 22, 2020 at 11:04 am

        Hello Chris, that is what I kept saying to them. I got a response saying that now only comcast video customers received premium for free. So I said then they changed it? They gave me a $10 discount on my next bill for the inconvenience. But even when I’m logged into my account it offers me the premium if I order the flex that they are pushing. It’s very inconvenient and feels you will get a different response each time you speak to them. I will call and try again.

        • Carlos

          September 22, 2020 at 12:14 pm

          No dice: either you upgrade to cable or pay the $4.99 to use a Roku. I spoke to 3 people in three departments. I went ahead and asked them to send me the flex box. Inconvenience for sure but they are pushing using their hardware. No cost to me so I will go ahead and try it out. I’m pretty sure this will not replace my Roku.

          • Christopher Harris

            September 22, 2020 at 1:59 pm

            I got the Flex box too since it’s free, but I don’t use it. I end up watching Peacock on Roku.

            Did you try to link your Comcast account to Peacock with the step-by-step instructions listed at https://www.peacocktv.com/xfinity ?

  4. BD

    September 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    When are they going to add NBCSN and NBC to Peacock? Probably never, but we can hope.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 21, 2020 at 6:17 pm

      They won’t do that. Just as ESPN won’t add ESPN and ESPN2 to ESPN+

  5. Edward

    September 21, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    activist hedge fund Trian just took a stake in Comcast…they must have read all the complaints about Peacock

  6. Alexis Molari

    September 21, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Do you know the date that Peacock will be made available on Roku. I checked my Roku device yesterday by doing a search and there was no Peacock.

    • Christopher Harris

      September 21, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      It went live this morning. If you can’t find it in your Roku app, you can add it manually via your Roku account:

      https://channelstore.roku.com/details/593099/peacock-tv

    • Jesus

      September 21, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      Go to “Streaming Channels” and look for “peacock”. It’s been available since this morning.

      • Don D Mull

        September 21, 2020 at 8:14 pm

        INSTALLED !!!! Sorry just gettin Pissed off tryin find the DAMN THING. Why don’t use ROKU much. TOO SLOW FOR 1 and can’t find anything..

  7. David the Yank

    September 21, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    I guess “weeks” became days after this weekend’s disaster in which almost no one could watch Chelsea v Liverpool on their big screen.

    Michal, I too searched for a Peacock app from my roku and it was NOT available.

    However, if you find Roku’s tweet from this morning, they include a link you can click and then you can add the channel (via logging in on a computer or perhaps a mobile device).

    To ensure, however, that the user experience remains as awful as possible, NBC/peacock make you type into your roku device your peacock email and password (vs. offering a peacocktv.com/activate screen like every other provider does)!

    and then it simply won’t recognize my (correct) email address or password

    NBC is rushing rushing rushing and their UE has been beyond horrendous, for PAYING customers!

    • David the Yank

      September 21, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      FYI, I got in to Peacock on my Roku on try 5 of copy/pasting password from Dashlane via my phone remote up to roku. Typing long passwords with arrow movement would be crazy painful.

      • Christopher Harris

        September 21, 2020 at 1:28 pm

        David and others, if you use the Roku remote control via the Roku app on your iPhone or Android device, you can type in your username and password – which is must faster and easier than trying to do it with the slow and clunky Roku remote control.

        • David the Yank

          September 21, 2020 at 6:26 pm

          Yes I had done that. It’s possible that the roku remote app was curtailing passwords and not sending all the digits correctly from my phone

    • MAHLUF

      September 21, 2020 at 2:50 pm

      Do you have the viewing figures for the CHE v LIV match? Very curious to see those!

      • Christopher Harris

        September 21, 2020 at 3:44 pm

        It’s very unlikely that NBC will make the viewing numbers available for Premier League matches on Peacock, just like ESPN doesn’t release viewing numbers for games on ESPN+.

  8. Michal

    September 21, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I don’t see peacock available yet on roku. When will it be available?

  9. Jesus

    September 21, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Great news! I won’t have to watch matches on my computer anymore.
    Now we need NBC Sports to offer the same EPL programming it offered on Sports Gold. I am very disappointed that programs like the Preview Show, Review Show, Men in Blazers, daily EPL show on Sky are no longer available. The user interface is also a step down from Gold.

    • Stevek

      September 21, 2020 at 11:55 am

      Men in Blazers is available on demand in Peacock…and has been mentioned here many times all the other Premier League Productions and Sky stuff that was previously on Gold is still on Peacock, It just scrolls on that 24/7 Premier League channel with no published guide or schedule. It’s not available on demand, which is a terrible decision by Comcast/NBC. I wasn’t a fan of the Gold UI on the Apple TV, the Peacock UI seems equally frustrating and tedious.

      I suspect Comcast got feedback from their Gold subscribers that we didn’t really care about the shoulder programming and hence they’ve saved money in this first iteration of Peacock by just throwing it all on the channel.

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