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Does Peacock have live TV?

We cover what's included with your Peacock subscription at the free and paid tiers.
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August 16, 2022
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Peacock has been a fast-growing streaming service since its launch in 2020. While mostly known for its library content like The Office, Columbo, and other classic shows, along with some popular originals, but it has more to offer than just on-demand programming. As streaming supplants cable TV, there’s a hunger for live channels, including news and sports. So, does Peacock have live TV? Read on for a full breakdown.

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NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service offers a lot of great movies and TV shows to stream on demand, along with live news and sports. Best of all, you can watch lots of its content for free, or watch all of it with a paid subscription starting at just $4.99 a month.

The short answer: Yes, Peacock has live TV

Peacock certainly does offer live TV. What you can access will depend on the subscription tier you opt for though.

See also: The best shows on Peacock

It’s also worth noting that while Peacock is owned and operated by NBCUniversal, the live content on the streamer doesn’t just mirror what’s available from the company on its cable channels.

What can you watch live on Peacock?

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You can watch tons of content on demand on Peacock. That includes titles from channels like NBC, Bravo, USA Network, SYFY, Oxygen, E!, MSNBC, Golf Channel, Universal Kids, A&E, ABC, CBS, The CW, Nickelodeon, Showtime, and more. You also get plenty of feature films from different studios.

Related: The best Peacock originals

While you won’t get those channels directly on Peacock, the service does have its own dedicated Peacock live channels, many with content only available live. By tuning in, you can watch various types of live programming as it airs. Peacock offers 54 live channels. The full list is below:

  • American Greed
  • AFV Family
  • Bad Girls Club
  • Below Deck
  • Black Cinema
  • Black Led Comedy
  • The Bob Ross Channel
  • Can’t Not Laugh
  • Caso Cerrado
  • The Choice from MSNBC
  • Chrisley
  • Circle (music)
  • Classic Crime TV
  • Classic TV
  • CNBC Ka-Ching
  • Dateline 24/7
  • Fallon Tonight
  • Great Finds
  • Hell’s Kitchen
  • Hot Blockbuster Movies
  • In It to Win It
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • LOL! Network
  • Loop (music)
  • Million Dollar Listing
  • NBC Boston News
  • NBC Chicago News
  • NBC GolfPass
  • NBC LX
  • NBC News Now
  • NBC Philadelphia News
  • NBC South Florida News
  • NBC Sports
  • NFL Channel
  • Olympic Spotlight
  • Out of this World
  • Peacock Latino
  • Peacock Originals
  • Peacock Picks: Comedy Movies
  • Peacock Picks: Family Movies
  • Peacock Reality
  • Premier League TV
  • Psych
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • Sky News
  • Snapped
  • SNL Vault
  • Telemundo al Dia
  • This Old House
  • Today All Day
  • True Crime
  • USA Classic Characters
  • Witching Hour
  • WWE

Live sporting events on Peacock

Among these live channels, you’ll see several that are dedicated to live sports. You can catch up on sporting events and commentary in real-time. That includes WWE wrestling events, the Olympics, pro golf, NFL football, and everything you’d find on NBC’s regular sports coverage.

The sports-centric Peacock live channels are NBC GolfPass, NBC Sports, NFL Channel, Olympic Spotlight, Premier League TV, and WWE.

Live news on Peacock

Because of its affiliation with NBC, Peacock offers live news, including news programming from different local markets. That means you’ll have access to national news broadcasts as well as news from closer to home.

The Peacock live news channels are The Choice from MSNBC, CNBC Ka-Ching, NBC Boston News, NBC Chicago News, NBC News Now, NBC Philadelphia News, NBC South Florida News, Sky News, and Today All Day.

Stream Saturday Night Live

All seasons of the iconic sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live are available to stream on demand for free on Peacock. You can also watch the latest episodes after they air.

If you want to watch the new episodes live as they air, you’ll also be able to do that on Peacock, but you’ll need a paid Premium account.

Is live TV on Peacock free?

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Peacock does offer live channels for free, supported by ads. For the most part, the free tier gives you access to channels that play library content on a loop.

Genuine live content like news is included with a free subscription, but for live sports and new, real-time episodes of Saturday Night Live, you do need to pay for either a Premium subscription at $4.99 per month or a Premium Plus subscription at $9.99 per month.