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This next major streaming service could be free – but there’s a catch

What company doesn’t offer a streaming service these days? You have the powerhouses Netflix, Hulu and Amazon that were quickly followed by a slew of other providers, but which streaming service is best? Check out our comparison between Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Amazon and more.

Not to be outdone, AT&T, Apple and Disney have recently introduced AT&T Watch, Apple TV+ (which premiered November 1st) and Disney+, which is slated to debut November 12th.

Well there’s a new kid on the block that’s about to turn the on-demand video streaming service industry upside-down.

A free-for-all option

Just as other competitors turn up the heat with lower costs, Comcast’s NBCUniversal looks to undercut them all with its recent announcement. The company is considering offering its upcoming Peacock (2020) channel completely free.

If reports from anonymous sources ring true, the move will make Peacock the first free streaming service from a major U.S. media provider. It would also be a welcome change, considering AT&T plans to hit its customers with the second price jump this year — tap or click here for more info.

What does Peacock bring to the mix?

In addition to 15,000 hours of content with TV favorites “Cheers,” “Downton Abbey” and “Monk,” Peacock will premiere original scripted shows set to debut after the 2020 Summer Olympics. A-listers tied to these works include Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Popular films will also make Peacock their new home. Some of the more notable ones to watch for include:

  • “American Pie”
  • “Back to the Future”
  • “Bridesmaids”
  • “Despicable Me”
  • “E.T.”
  • “The Breakfast Club”
  • The “Jason Bourne” franchise
  • The “Fast & Furious” franchise

What’s the catch?

Unlike its competitors, the Peacock channel will not require you to subscribe to a cable service or purchase a device; however, discussions are focused on presenting Peacock as an ad-supported service.

What does this mean?

If the plan comes to fruition, all programming will be offered at no charge and will contain 3-5 minutes of ads per content hour. Tap or click here to see you’ve got a smart TV that will display ads soon, because the double-whammy of advertisements can be the one deterrent from Peacock.

Other options that appear to be on the table include an ad-free subscription that would come with a charge, and a tier package that would provide additional content or benefits to those who subscribe to Comcast or other pay-TV subscribers.

Is it worth trying?

Whether Peacock will be offered free remains to be seen, as the service is not scheduled to premiere until April 2020. Cross your fingers it’ll be free-of-charge, since this move could prompt other providers to lower their prices.

And, of course, if it’s free then it won’t hurt to give it a try!

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