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After Months of Drama, Peacock Is Now on Roku

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People, Peacock is lastly on Roku.

After information broke earlier in the present day that NBC apps had been dangerously near getting pulled from Roku’s platform over phrases relating to NBCUniversal’s new streaming service Peacock, each corporations have seemingly arrived at a truce. Roku introduced Friday that Roku customers will now have entry to the Peacock platform, a very good streaming service that additionally occurs to be free when you don’t thoughts the restricted advertisements. (And having spent a big period of time with this service, I can inform ya, they ain’t that dangerous.)

“We’re happy to have reached an settlement with Comcast that can carry Peacock to Roku clients and maintains entry to NBCU’s TV In all places apps,” a Roku spokesperson instructed Gizmodo by e mail. “We sit up for providing these new choices to customers beneath an expanded, mutually helpful relationship between our corporations that features including NBC content material to The Roku Channel and a significant partnership round promoting.”

Peacock is dwelling to all of NBCUniversal’s content material, plus films, collection on demand, stay TV, and stay sports activities. It’s additionally acquired originals, together with the deeply bizarre sci-fi collection Brave New World, an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel of the identical title and a present I ripped via fairly shortly. Peacock’s free tier solely makes a few of its content material fully free, however you may pay $5 per 30 days for the opposite stuff with advertisements or $10 per 30 days to go ad-free. It’s one of many solely premium providers that gives a free tier as a part of its enterprise mannequin, which makes it a fairly enticing service for folk who’re already paying out the ears for content material elsewhere.

However it hasn’t been on Roku because it launched, and discussions have for months been held up over the phrases by which Peacock can be supplied on the platform. This week, the 2 sides appeared prepared to drag the plug on licensing agreements for even different NBC-owned apps on Roku earlier than reaching a final-hour deal late Friday. This may have resulted within the removing of 11 community apps, 12 apps from stations owned by NBC, and 23 Telemundo-owned apps. That’s quite a lot of apps.

However all’s nicely that ends nicely.

This story is growing and could also be up to date all through.

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Catie Keck