Sky Q, Sky Glass and NOW subscribers will awake to find thousands of new boxsets and blockbusters awaiting them on their televisions tomorrow morning. After confirming plans to bring US streaming service Peacock to its 20 million customers back in July, Sky will flip the switch and roll-out the Netflix and Prime Video rival to its customers overnight. Better yet, Sky customers won’t need to spend a penny extra to unlock the exclusive new drama series, hit reality telly shows, films and treasured favourites from the past all included as part of the service’s first foray outside of the United States.
Peacock is one of a number of new streaming services set to launch on Sky Q, Sky Glass and NOW in the coming weeks. Paramount+, which is the streaming platform owned and operated by Paramount Pictures and boasts some 10,000 hours of content, will be headed to Sky’s hardware in the early part of next year. Like the arrival of Peacock, this new streaming service will be integrated into Sky’s existing price plans without adding any extra cost.
As well as a vast back catalogue of successful dramas, comedies, reality shows and Hollywood blockbusters, Peacock will also bring with it a number of new original productions. Sky subscribers will be able to tune-in to the Saved by the Bell revival as well as Rutherford Falls, Punky Brewster, The Girl in the Woods, Five Bedrooms, and Vanderpump Rules. Upcoming Peacock shows, like the dramatisation of the events covered in the Tiger King documentary broadcast on Netflix, dubbed Joe Exotic and starring Kate McKinnon and Kyle MacLachlan, will be coming to Sky Q and Sky Glass very soon. All-new shows like Vampire Academy, Irreverent, The Innocent, The Resort, The Missing, The Best Man, Angelyne, Ted, and Battlestar Galactica, that appear exclusively to Peacock subscribers in the United States, will appear soon on Sky set-top boxes.
For those who watch Sky channels via NOW, formerly NOW TV, these shows will be included in the Entertainment membership.
Other highlights from the Peacock library include The Office (US), Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Psych, Superstore, A.P. Bio, The Mindy Project, Will & Grace, Mr. Mayor, Young Rock, and Saturday Night Live, alongside popular dramas such as Battlestar Galactica, Monk, Bates Motel, Heroes, Friday Night Lights, 12 Monkeys, Downton Abbey, House, Suits, Quantum Leap, Warehouse 13, The Equalizer, and Grimm, and talked-about unscripted hits like Keeping Up With The Kardashian, Million Dollar Listing, Below Deck and The Real Housewives.
Peacock also packs some must-watch movies, including Bird on a Wire, Bowfinger, Brüno, Bulletproof, Children of Men, Definitely, Maybe, Far and Away, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Game, Hanna, Hannibal, The Last House on the Left, MacGruber, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Meet Joe Black, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Out of Sight, Pride & Prejudice, Scent of a Woman, Seed of Chucky, A Simple Wish, The Skeleton Key, Tower Heist, United 93, Very Bad Things, What Dreams May Come, and You, Me, and Dupree.
“Following its successful phased launch in the United States, we are excited to mark the international debut of Peacock content in the UK and Ireland on Sky,” said Lee Raftery, Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at NBCUniversal. “Peacock provides Sky customers with an expanded catalogue of world-class content, including many of our most popular movies and shows from Peacock and across NBCUniversal.”
While Peacock will become available in the UK for Sky Q, Sky Glass and NOW customers tomorrow morning, the roll-out across Europe will take a little longer. Sky platforms in Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland are expected to receive the update with Peacock in the coming months, making it available to almost 20 million Sky customers across the continent by 2022.
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