(Reuters) – NBCUniversal’s long awaited streaming service Peacock will launch free to some Comcast Corp customers on Wednesday with a limited slate of new content, as productions for its original programming have been halted amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Peacock will promote its library of existing TV shows and movies like “30 Rock” and “Jurassic Park” as Americans seek out “comforting and familiar” content as they grapple with life during the pandemic, Comcast executives said during a press conference call on Tuesday.
People who currently subscribe to Comcast’s Xfinity X1 or Flex TV services will receive Peacock Premium for free beginning on Wednesday. They will get more than 15,000 hours of content, including early access to “The Tonight Show: At Home Edition” hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
Peacock Premium will launch nationwide on July 15 for everyone for $5 a month but continue to be free for Comcast X1 and Flex customers.
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