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Peacock is finally coming to Amazon Fire TV and tablets

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NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming platform is finally making its way to Amazon devices. Starting on Thursday, June 24th, you'll be able to download the Peacock app on your Fire TV and Fire tablet products. At launch, you can even use Amazon's voice assistant to open the Peacock app, with full Alexa title integration to follow later in the year. Once the functionality becomes available, you'll be able to use your Alexa Voice Remote to navigate the entire Peacock library. As part of today's announcement, NBCUniversal network apps from channels like Bravo and NBC Sports are also making their way to Amazon devices.


NBCUniversal Near Deal to Alter Content-Sharing Partnership With Hulu

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NBCUniversal has taken many steps recently to strengthen Peacock, which has struggled to establish itself in a crowded environment. The move would also be the latest indication of the changing relationship between Hulu's co-owners--Walt Disney Co. and NBCUniversal--which went from streaming partners to direct competitors in recent years. Comcast, which owns a third of Hulu, launched Peacock less than two years ago, while Disney, which owns the rest, introduced Disney in late 2019. The two new services have had varying fortunes: Disney on Wednesday said Disney had nearly 130 million subscribers globally, while NBCU last month said over 9 million people were paying for Peacock, which is available free of charge to subscribers of Comcast and other cable providers. Peacock also offers a no-frills, ad-supported version that is free to anyone.


Inside Comcast's Plan to Become a Streaming Giant

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Comcast is alone among the industry's titans with its all-encompassing approach: AT&T Inc. recently unwound its own bet that content and distribution can thrive under one roof, with its deal to spin off its WarnerMedia division into a merger with Discovery Inc. Comcast's CEO is also wrestling with whether to build or buy to become a streaming powerhouse, people close to him said. Inc., have struck mergers meant to supercharge their streaming efforts. Mr. Roberts, 61 years old and known as an aggressive deal maker in his two decades atop Comcast, has told people close to him that he doesn't feel a need to seek a merger. But he is scoping out options, and ideas on the table include a potential tie-up with ViacomCBS Inc. or an acquisition of Roku Inc., one of the people said. Comcast declined to make Mr. Roberts available for an interview.


Streaming Player Wars: Where to find Peacock, HBO Max and more

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The latest new streamer, Peacock from NBC-Universal, debuts Wednesday, but you won't be able to find it on the two most popular streaming player platforms, Roku or Amazon. Together, they account for some 70% of the streaming viewing audience, with each claiming 40 million active users. Both rejected HBO Max when it debuted in May as well, and haven't softened in bringing it on either. So if you've got a yen for watching reruns of "Parks and Rec" or favorites from the current NBC lineup, like an all-day Today show channel or "Saturday Night Live" on demand, and love the idea of a "Max" HBO with special channels devoted to DC Comics, TCM and more in addition to the HBO programming, where to go? Full picture:NBC's Peacock arrives last to streaming wars, but has a valuable weapon: It's free (with ads) Comes in three varieties, starting at $149.99 for a unit that streams in 1080p resolution, or the 4K models, at $179.99 (with 32 gigabyte storage) or $199.99 with 64 GBs. These units are considerably more expensive than Roku and Amazon, which start at around $25 during the holidays and regularly go for $29.99 for Roku and $39.99 for Amazon.


Hulu users will lose next-day access to 'SNL,' 'The Voice' and other NBCU shows this fall

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As of September, new episodes of some NBCUniversal shows such as Saturday Night Live, The Voice and American Auto will no longer hit Hulu the day after they air. NBCUniversal has ended a content deal between the two sides, meaning those series will stream exclusively on Peacock. It's not clear which other shows will be affected by the move, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline. The decision to sever ties with Hulu comes as NBCU tries to drive more subscribers to Peacock. At the end of last year, it had 9 million paying subscribers (most of whom opt for the $5 ad-supported tier) and 24.5 million monthly active accounts.