Skip to main content

Peacock expands its service with 24/7 local news

Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, has expanded its current offerings with 24/7 local news channels from a handful of major cities. Available now, viewers have free access to coverage from NBC 5 Chicago (WMAQ), NBC 10 Philadelphia (WCAU), NBC 10 Boston (WBTS) and New England Cable Network (NECN), and NBC 6 Miami (WTVJ). These affiliate stations can be found under their respective new channels titled NBC Chicago News, NBC Philadelphia News, NBC Boston News, and NBC South Florida News.

South Florida channel on Peacock.
Phil Nickinson/Digital Trends
Related Videos

These won’t be the only local news stations Peacock viewers can access, however. NBCUniversal also plans on adding NBC 4 New York (WNBC) and NBC 4 Los Angeles (KNBC) to its lineup in the coming months. Each channel will feature simulcast and encore news programming, along with breaking news and original content. The channels won’t be geo-targeted, either, meaning users will be able to watch all these channels regardless of where they are located.

“We’re thrilled to add the incredible reporting of our NBC owned television stations to Peacock’s unique programming slate that both informs and entertains,” Jen Brown, SVP of Program Planning for Peacock, said in a press release. “We know the importance of local news to our subscribers and this further distinguishes the Peacock experience where you can stream everything from award-winning news content to original scripted shows, premium movies, live sports and more all on our platform.”

In a competitive space where streaming services are constantly fighting to be the top dog, we continue to see platforms like Peacock, attempt to separate themselves from the rest of the pack by providing unique offerings. While Peacock isn’t the only streaming service to offer live local news, the addition of these channels will build upon its existing live and on-demand news programs like NBC News NOW and Dateline 24/7. Although its initial collection of local new channels is limited compared to services like Paramount+ and Hulu With Live TV, that could change if NBCUniversal continues on its course to expand Peacock’s offerings.

Editors' Recommendations

Peacock does away with free tier for new subscribers
Peacock plans on a TV.

Peacock has pared back its available subscription options to two — and they're now both of the paid variety. As first noted by The Streamable, the free Peacock tier no longer is available, and the $5-a-month Premium and $10-a-month Plus plans are now the options for new subscribers.

Those who currently are on the free tier won't immediately be forced onto one of the paid options, with Peacock's website saying "If you already have a Peacock account but do not have a paid plan, you can watch a limited amount of content for free."

Read more
Want to stream in DTS:X? It’s coming in 2023 thanks to Disney+ and IMAX
Robert Downey Jr. In Avengers: Endgame.

In all the chaos and excitement that is CES 2023, you may have missed a quiet little announcement from Disney+ that could be music to your ears. Starting sometime in 2023, the streaming video service will be upgrading some of its premier Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) titles, like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, with the DTS:X 3D surround sound format.

It's an expansion of the IMAX Enhanced format that Disney+ already uses on some MCU content to provide a more spacious 1.90:1 aspect ratio for key scenes, instead of the usual 2.39:1 or 2.40:1 ratios that create horizontal black bars when viewed on TVs with a 16:9 screen.

Read more
FuboTV: channels, price, plans, packages, and add-ons
FuboTV icon on Apple TV.

If you're a sports fan, FuboTV may be the answer to your cord-cutting dreams. What is FuboTV? It's a live streaming service that focuses mainly on sports-focused live TV and can help you quit cable for good. And it's very much growing in popularity, currently sitting in fourth place in the U.S. with about 1.23 million subscribers.

FuboTV's pricing and plans -- and even the channels available -- are competitive with services that are many times its size. And that's what's great about the whole streaming space: You have options. That's also the hard part. It can be tough to tell the difference between FuboTV and Hulu With Live TV. Or FuboTV versus YouTube TV. What makes one stand out above the others?

Read more