Peacock TV is unfortunately not available in Australia. Not to worry there are ways with which you can watch Peacock TV in Australia. Peacock TV was launched on 15 July 2020 in the US. It’s named after the famous NBC logo, which features a fan of colours much like the tail of a peacock bird.
As far as Peacock in Australia is concerned, in November 2019, NBCUniversal (better known as NBCU) signed a multi-year agreement with News Corp. That agreement ensures News Corp has exclusive streaming rights to NBCU content in Australia. If there were any plans for NBCU to make Peacock available in Australia, such a deal would never have been made.
How to watch Peacock TV in Australia?
To watch Peacock in Australia, what you really need to know is which local service contains the NBCU collection of content. As mentioned, News Corp has the rights to show all of NBCU’s content in Australia and it owns three services that you can choose between:
- Foxtel iQ
- Foxtel Now
1. Watching Peacock TV in Australia on Binge
According to Finder in Australia, BINGE is an alternative to Foxtel. It provides a curated library of the very best in Foxtel’s content on demand and live, for a fraction of the price. In the case of TV, this comes in the form of full series boxsets, with every episode available. BINGE starts as low as $10/month for SD, but really, most will want the $14/month HD plan.
Though BINGE does not have everything that Foxtel offers, but there is no shortage of content. The vast bulk of NBCU’s content is available on BINGE, not to mention other Foxtel partners such as HBO, Warner Bros., BBC and FX. BINGE is not only the best way to watch NBCU content in Australia, but the service competes with, if not betters rivals like Netflix and Stan.
BINGE is flexible and accessible, available on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV and Telstra TV, as well as working with AirPlay and Chromecast. Binge offers 14 day free trial.
2. Watching Peacock TV in Australia on Foxtel iQ
Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are effectively the same product, only accessed in two different ways. Foxtel iQ is the traditional Pay TV (or cable TV) experience that has been with us for decades. A technician comes to your home, installs a cable from the road into your lounge room and hooks up a set-top box. You then sign up to the packages you want and off you go.
The benefits of Foxtel iQ are that you can record live TV, that you get a much more stable connection (as it doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi) and it can deliver 4K content.
However, it’s extremely expensive by modern standards, especially given that NBCU’s content is not all available on one package, but is broken up between channels tied to various add-on packs. If you go all out, you could be out over $100/month. It also requires an invasive and often costly installation process.
3. Watching Peacock TV in Australia on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now offers the same content as Foxtel iQ, but does away with the iQ4 set-top box in favour of an app. For those comfortable with streaming over Wi-Fi, Foxtel Now is a more mobile and flexible option and it’s cheaper. However, you do have the same issue of content being fenced off into various add-on packs. As such, you’re still looking at spending more than $50/month to get the bulk of NBCU’s content.
When comparing both Foxtel options to BINGE, they do have one key positive. You can get all the NBCU content with either Foxtel option if you sign up for multiple add-on packs. However, that comes at a cost significantly higher than BINGE. Foxtel No offers 10 day free trial.
What is the Peacock subscription?
Peacock is free and you just need an email address and password to sign up to access thousands of hours of great entertainment instantly. Once you’re signed up, you can start watching Peacock right away. No strings attached. No expiring trial period. It’s just free.
Peacock has an ad-supported free tier for subscribers. Universal is of the belief that not only is there a willingness among consumers to suffer through ads for the sake of free content, but also a desire from advertisers to be more exposed on streaming TV subscription services. Peacock will have five minutes of ads in every hour of viewing time, triggered by user activities such as pausing.
Peacock Premium is a paid plan that unlocks everything on Peacock. In addition to Peacock Premium, it also has an ad-fre* plan called Peacock Premium Plus. You can subscribe to either plan on a monthly or annual basis. (Prepaying for an annual plan saves you 17% per year compared to a monthly plan.)
Note that due to streaming rights, a small amount of programming will still contain ads (Peacock channels, events, and a limited number of shows and movies).
Customers have three subscription tiers to choose from, starting with a free option with ads that offers access to limited programming, along with Peacock Premium for $4.99 per month and Premium Plus for $9.99 per month. Other streaming services available on Samsung smart TVs include Disney+, HBO Max and Amazon Prime. Users also have the option of watching live and on-demand TV for free, thanks to Samsung TV Plus.
Peacock subscriptions will be intimately tied into the broadband Internet plan packages offered by Xfinity, another subsidiary owned by Universal parent company, Comcast.
Unlike its competitors, Peacock intends to lean more on its legacy catalogue of titles and licensing deals than invest in originals, but it’s still set to pour US$2 billion into making new content for the platform, too.
What devices Peacock supports?
You can enjoy Peacock on a variety of devices.
TV: Android TV, Apple TV, COX, LG TV, Roku , Samsung, Vizio , Xfinity
Computer: Chrome OS, macOS, Windows PC
Mobile & Tablet: Android Phones & Tablets, iPhone and iPad
Game Consoles: PlayStation, Xbox
How To Download Peacock On A Samsung Smart TV?
Samsung smart TV users now have the option of downloading the Peacock app on their TV and without having to worry about connecting another device.
The Peacock app is now available on Samsung smart TVs and installing the app is as easy as any other Samsung smart TV app. Previously, the easiest way for a Samsung smart TV user to access Peacock was to use a streaming device like a Roku player, or by using AirPlay 2 to stream from an Apple device. Peacock is also available on Vizio SmartCast TVs and LG Smart TVs, as well as Apple TV and Android TV devices.
Before watching on a Samsung smart TV, you will need to have a Peacock account. This can be created by visiting PeacockTV.com, entering an email address and then choosing the right subscription tier for them. To download the app on a Samsung smart TV, from the Home screen navigate to Apps and then select the Search icon.
Next search for “Peacock” and click on the Install button on the Peacock app page.
Once the app has been downloaded, the user will find Peacock listed on the Home screen.
You will have to sign in to their Peacock account when first launching the app before they can start streaming on their Samsung Smart TV.
What You Can Watch On Peacock TV?
Peacock TV streaming service is like Netflix and features some of the intriguing evolutions to the user interface, including auto-playing live content, integration with Rotten Tomatoes and dynamic channels. But the general concept is the same.
With Peacock, you can stream hundreds of hit movies, iconic TV shows, current NBC hits, and Peacock Channels 24/7, plus daily live news, late night, and pop culture to satisfy your FOMO. You’ll also get access to live sports, kids’ movies and shows, hit Spanish-language TV shows and news from Telemundo—all for free.
With Peacock Premium, you can unlock full seasons of hit shows and exclusive Peacock Original series, next-day airings of current NBC and Telemundo hits, can’t-miss live sports like Premier League, and every movie and show available on Peacock. There is always something new to discover with Peacock Premium.
To watch Peacock without ads or download select shows and movies to watch offline on your mobile device, upgrade to Peacock Premium Plus.
Notable originals in the pipeline for the service include a series based on crime podcast Dr. Death (starring Alex Baldwin), numerous new shows from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, Tina Fey’s Girls5Eva, an adaptation of Brave New World (starring Demi Moore) and Sam Esmail’s Battlestar Galactica reboot. Plus, there are new seasons of Law and Order, Curious George, Saturday Night Live and Where’s Waldo, as well as reboots to the Saved by the Bell and Battlestar Galactica series.
These join a host of classic movies, including all the entries from series like Jurassic Park, Jason Bourne, Despicable Me, Madagascar and Fast and Furious.In addition to TV shows, Peacock users can also watch a variety of movies as well.
With Peacock now available on a new platform, Peacock may see an influx of new subscribers, thanks to the added convenience of being able to watch on a Samsung smart TV.