Peacock Tag

By Lucas Shaw July 26, 2020 | In October of last year, I wrote a preview of four new streaming services from some of the world's largest companies, the onset of the so-called streaming wars. That term has proven to be something of a misnomer since the biggest dispute is between streaming services and distributors like Roku and Amazon, not between individual services. But now that all four...

Board Officers Dan Cohen of ViacomCBS and Jonathan Zepp of Google to discuss the evolving direct-to-consumer ecosystem at DEG Expo virtual event July 16 July 14, 2020 | DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group announced today the officers for its D2C Alliance, which was created to advocate and promote the many benefits provided by the latest direct-to-consumer streaming services. DEG’s D2C Alliance, during fiscal...

By Todd Spangler July 7, 2020 | In September 2019, Steve Burke, then NBCUniversal chief executive, called Matt Strauss, with a question: Would he take the wheel of the Peacock project? Strauss would need to unleash the service across the U.S. on a dauntingly short timeline — in just 10 months, pegged to the Tokyo Olympics (more on that later). Peacock would face massive competitors and come to...

Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' will be on Peacock. By Todd Spangler July 1, 2020 | Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service that launched nationwide in two weeks, has struck an agreement with ViacomCBS to license Paramount movies and TV shows. Coming to Peacock — on a nonexclusive basis — are series including “Ray Donovan” (starring Liev Schreiber, pictured above), “The Affair,” “Undercover Boss,” “The Game,” “Everybody Hates Chris” and...

By Natalie Jarvey April 14, 2020 | Starting Wednesday, millions of Comcast customers sheltering at home will gain access to a trove of 15,000 hours of TV shows and movies. The telecom giant’s NBCUniversal division is previewing its new streaming service, Peacock, three months ahead of its national rollout in what will be the first true test of how the coronavirus...

By Elaine Low January 21, 2020 | You’d think that the steady drumbeat of streaming services being launched might dull the senses, but Wall Street is rather eager to embrace Peacock. NBCUniversal’s new over-the-top entertainment platform sent shares of corporate parent Comcast to an all-time high after its unveiling at the company’s Jan. 16 investor day. The service brought to you by one...

By Christopher Palmeri December 13, 2019 | Walt Disney Co.’s new streaming service, Disney+, signed up 10 million customers last month, well ahead of expectations. And it’s got a buzzy show with the Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian. Now the world’s largest entertainment company has to figure out how to keep people from canceling the service after that series’ season finale on Dec. 27 or when...

By Rafi Mohammed November 22, 2019 | Remember the not-so-long ago days when Netflix was the king of streaming services? Back then it was an easy segment for the company to command: “For the pleasure of viewing our content, your only option is to go all-in for our unlimited usage plan.” But today, with so many streaming services available, offering only all-you-can-watch is...

By Tara Lachapelle November 13, 2019 | One major consequence of the streaming wars is that they’ve caused a new kind of consumer frustration. It feels like everything is becoming segregated across various services with their own individual paywalls. That requires knowing which TV programs and movies reside where, having to toggle among those different apps — which isn’t as smooth as simply channel-surfing —...

By Nellie Andreeva [caption id="attachment_409" align="alignright" width="150"] Matt Strauss is also Chair of DEG.[/caption] October 7, 2019 | NBCUniversal is making sweeping changes, restructuring its broadcast, studio and digital operations and assigning new roles to a number of the company’s top TV executives, including Bonnie Hammer, Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks. Universal Television and Universal Content Productions will move under a single business unit named NBCUniversal...