TBI Tech & Analysis: Peacock takes flight as subs flock in

NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock might have had its feathers ruffled by the global pandemic affecting its originals line-up, but its vast library seems to have worked wonders on new customers. According to new research from Kantar, Peacock captured more than 17% of all new VOD subscriptions in the US in the three months to the end […]

Peacock offers new home to ‘Mr Mercedes’

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has given a new home to Mr Mercedes, the crime series based on the novels of Stephen King, whose future was looking uncertain following the closure of its original AT&T-owned broadcaster Audience Network earlier this year. Seasons one and two will land on Peacock on 15 October, with the third season to […]

NBCU’s Peacock fans out onto Roku after extended negotiations

A little more than two months after launching Peacock, NBCUniversal’s parent company Comcast has reached a distribution agreement with Roku. Roku and NBCU had been locked in a tense war of words which threatened dozens of the latter’s apps on the platform, but they have evidently come to an agreement. Central to the conflict was […]

NBCU’s Peacock enters ‘Bel-Air’ with two season pick-up

NBCUniversal-owned streamer Peacock has picked up two seasons of Bel-Air, the upcoming dramatic reboot of 1990s sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Original series star Will Smith, who will serve as executive producer on the reboot, revealed the news on YouTube on Tuesday. The series will be based on Morgan Cooper’s popular viral video that […]

NBCU combines Peacock, USA & NBC firepower for ‘Tiger King’ drama

NBCUniversal (NBCU) is combining the commissioning power of its streaming platform Peacock, cablenet USA and broadcast network NBC for a new drama based on the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. Joe Exotic (working title) is being produced by NBCU’s UCP and has been ordered straight-to-series by the media giant’s streamer and its networks. The show is […]

Peacock unfurls plans for ‘Clueless’ reboot with CBS TV Studios

NBCUniversal’s streamer Peacock is onboard a TV reboot of 1995 movie Clueless. The show, from CBS Television Studios, is being written by Will & Grace’s Gus Hickey and Jordan Reddout and will be based on the Clueless TV show, which ran for six seasons from 1996, starting on ABC. The story tracks the life of […]

‘MacGruber’ series leads Peacock’s new comedy offerings

NBCUniversal’s newly launched SVOD service Peacock is firming up its comedy offerings, with several new shows in the works, including a series order for action-comedy MacGruber. Universal Television will produce the 8 x 30-minute series, which is a parody of classic action series MacGyver, with the titular character originating as a popular sketch on NBC […]

SVODs leading the way with LGBT+ content

SVOD operators around the world are leading the way in commissioning LGBT+ content, according to new research from UK-based analyst group Ampere Analysis. A report from the group found that between Q1 2019 and Q2 2020, 12 commissioners globally ordered movies or series with LGBT+ themes. Eighty percent of those commissions were destined for on-demand […]

NBCUniversal starts laying off staff as streaming focus takes hold

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has started cutting staff as it focuses more attention on its streaming business, with around 3,000 positions set to be affected. NBCU’s CEO Jeff Shell told investors last week that the restructuring was in the works, following the US company’s decision to combine its TV and streaming divisions under Mark Lazarus. That move […]

Global SVOD subscriptions soar by 28% in 2019, research suggests

Global SVOD subscriptions grew by more than a quarter in 2019, a year with a number of high-profile streaming service launches and an ongoing trend towards cord-cutting. According to Digital TV Research, the number of gross subscriptions grew by 28% in the year to 642 million up from 503 million the year prior. Showing the […]