UPDATED: Customers looking for the Android app for Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service that made its U.S. nationwide debut Wednesday, got here up empty once they tried to seek out it within the Google Play retailer.
Actually, the Peacock app for Android presently is on the market on Google Play at this link. However for a lot of the day, Peacock TV app was not exhibiting up in searches or on different pages within the Google Play retailer, resulting in confusion about methods to get it.
In reply to customers’ inquiries Wednesday morning about why the app wasn’t obtainable within the Google Play retailer, Peacock’s Twitter account was responding with the identical message: “Control our web page for updates on when the chook has landed!”
By 3:15 p.m. ET, in accordance with a Google rep, searches for “Peacock” had been accurately returning listings. (A number of hours earlier, searches for “Peacock” didn’t return listings for the app whereas searches for “Peacock TV” and “Peacock app” did.) It’s not clear why Google Play was not exhibiting listings for Peacock’s Android app. A Google spokesperson stated the Peacock TV app was printed to the Google Play Retailer on Tuesday night time (July 14) however it took the corporate a number of hours to repair the search glitch.
In keeping with Peacock, the service’s app is suitable with Android variations 6.0 or above, in addition to for Android TVs (with the Android 5.1 working system). It’s value noting that when builders submit their apps to Google Play or Apple’s App Retailer, they don’t management the precise timing of when the apps go dwell.
In the meantime, the Peacock app for Apple’s iOS on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV additionally turned obtainable late Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, Peacock was trending because the No. 10 app within the App Retailer’s Leisure apps rankings — and had hit No. 1 within the class by mid-afternoon.
Peacock is available in two main tiers: Peacock Premium, with greater than 20,000 hours of programming (up from NBCU’s earlier 15,000 goal), and Peacock Free, which is able to embrace a subset of that with over 13,000 hours.
Beneath NBCU’s deal with Google, customers who obtain the Android and Android TV app through Google Play are eligible to obtain three months of free entry to Peacock Premium with adverts (i.e. by means of Oct. 15, 2020), which is generally $4.99/month.
Apart from the Android launch snafu, Peacock out of the gate is absent from Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV devices because of disputes over distribution terms (much like WarnerMedia’s HBO Max). Peacock additionally will not be obtainable on Samsung’s Sensible TVs, one other main over-the-top video platform. Along with Apple and Google platforms and gadgets, Peacock is on the market on Microsoft’s Xbox One, Vizio and LG web TVs, on the internet at peacocktv.com, and on Comcast and Cox set-tops. Help for Sony PlayStation 4 is coming beginning the week of July 20.
NBCU, because the final main media firm to take the OTT discipline with Peacock, is leaning into the free, ad-supported version. With the Peacock tagline “free as a chook,” NBCU is attempting to faucet into consumers’ “subscription fatigue” within the saturated U.S. streaming market.
Peacock Free is on the market to anybody within the U.S., serving up what NBCU guarantees is not more than 5 minutes of adverts per hour. The Peacock Premium (with adverts) tier prices $4.99 per thirty days (whereas it’s included for no further cost for Comcast and Cox cable subscribers). The ad-free premium-tier is $9.99 per thirty days, obtainable for an extra $5 per thirty days to Comcast and Cox subscribers.
Click here for highlights of the content available on Peacock Free and Peacock Premium, in addition to what originals and different TV reveals, motion pictures and sports activities are coming later.