NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock is preparing to take flight in the US today, launching with a small amount of kids content. The streaming service has an ad-supported free tier, an ad-supported premium tier (US$4.99 per month) and a premium ad-free tier (US$9.99 per month), all of which are available now.
While NBCU had previously announced three “original” series for the SVOD (Cleopatra in Space, pictured; Where’s Waldo and Curious George), its launch reveals several other kids titles have been added to the mix.
On the free tier, available series include American Ninja Warrior Jr. (originally picked up for the Universal Kids linear channel), Kong The Animated Series (2000), Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (2013), Fievel’s American Tails (1992) and Woody Woodpecker (1957).
The three originals will live on the premium tier alongside DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk (2012), Care Bears (1985) and Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-lot (2012), as well as the feature film Shrek. The premium tier will also offer upcoming feature films,including first-run windows of Trolls World Tour, Croods 2 (set to be released later this year), Boss Baby 2 (2021 planned release) and Oscar-nominated animated film Spirit (2002).
This is the extent of the Peacock kids catalogue at the moment, and the streamer remains tight-lipped about its future buying plans. However, a spokesperson emphasized to Kidscreen that it plans to greenlight originals and license existing content going forward. While Peacock may be owned by NBCUniversal, its catalogue will contain content from other suppliers as well, the spokesperson added. In September, Kidscreen will be diving deeper into the streamer’s buying needs as part of our new In Conversation with… virtual event series, which premieres August 4.