No credit card required? Seems too good to be true. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Keep reading for all the tea on NBCUniversal’s new service, Peacock.

A peacock showing off all its glorious feathers, a mascot of NBCUniversal's new streaming service.
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I know I’m not the only one who’s skeptical when a new product comes on the market. Especially when its competitors are very large household names, and it claims to cost no money whatsoever. If you don’t know what business I’m talking about yet, then I’m happy to introduce NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock.

Since you may be too wary to give it a go, I’ve done the research for you and I’m glad to share. I’ve compared the terms, services, and content to some of its competitors. Here’s what I found.

Terms Reveal Potential Plan For Interactive Platform

Ye ol’ boring ‘Terms of Use’ is often skipped and regarded as something we don’t need to look at. Most of the time, you don’t. It’s just the obvious stuff you already know, or assume, about a service specifically spelled out in legal lingo. That said, as I reviewed Peacock’s terms I found some surprises.

They have clauses pertaining to user uploads and interactions. These features aren’t part of the platform yet as far as I can tell, so I guess they plan on installing them in the future; intriguing. When they bring these features in, the content you upload to Peacock will be your own, according to the terms. This means that Peacock won’t be liable for any damages your content may cause. However, they may always keep your content in their backup files, even if it’s publicly deleted from their sites.

They also have an entire section dedicated to ‘Prohibited Actions’ which I don’t see in any other ‘Terms of Use’ policy I’ve reviewed (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime) because it also pertains to their future plan of a user-interaction platform. This list includes standard rules like bans on uploading viruses, harassing other users, and impersonating other people.

Finally, there’s a cake recipe. I mean it. They put a cake recipe in there. Why? I don’t know. But go find it and tag them @peacocktv on Twitter. Even bake the cake while you’re at it, why not?

What it Offers

Not just a host of movies and shows, Peacock also airs live TV channels, including NBC and Nature Vision. There are also channels dedicated to cult hit comedy series The Office, Saturday Night Live, and Hell’s Kitchen. Live sports are also available with the purchase of a premium plan.

Something that I personally like is the range of Peacock’s news section. You can watch various news topics, interviews, and even short documentaries and international news all for free. Your favorite NBC and CNBC segments like Mad Money, Dateline, and Closing Bell, are all there.

However, since the service is still in its fledgling stage, the titles available on the service will fluctuate. Some films are disappearing, but some of them will return to the platform in the coming months. Peacock will let you know if a title will leave the platform when you click on it.

Is it Actually Free?

Of course, we need to talk about the “free” thing. Is anything ever free? That’s a question for your philosopher friend.

Peacock is actually free, to an extent. You can sign up for free. You can watch an impressive range of TV shows for free (albeit with ads). Most of the reality, crime, and sci-fi/fantasy shows are totally unrestricted. There are some popular comedy, drama, and classic shows available for free too, but others are only available with the Premium Plan.

What’s the Premium Plan? In short, that’s where the “free” in Peacock ends. The Peacock Premium plan grants you access to the rest of the shows and movies the platform offers and costs $4.99/month. It also gives you some other cool extras like current TV airings and sport matches. The Premium Plus plan that removes ads is $9.99/month. I’ll mention that you never get double ads on the service, just one that you can’t skip.

You can watch Peacock absolutely free – no credit card required! You can get even more by upgrading to Premium. Premium is your key to unlocking full seasons of exclusive Original series, next-day airings of current TV hits, and can’t-miss LIVE sports matches.

– Peacock

Curious? Check it out for yourself when you’re not busy with your kids, or classes, or dates, or whatever you do. It doesn’t cost any money, after all.