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Does Peacock have live TV?

We cover what's included with your Peacock subscription at the free and paid tiers.

Published onJanuary 19, 2024

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Peacock has been a fast-growing streaming service since its launch in 2020, with new shows and movies every week. While mostly known for its library content like The Office, Columbo, and other classic shows, along with some popular originals, 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.

And if you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up for Peacock by hitting the link below.

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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 $5.99 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.

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.

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 55 live channels. The full list is below:

  • American Greed
  • Bad Girls Club
  • Black Cinema
  • Black-Led Comedy
  • Black-Led Drama
  • BRAVO Below Deck
  • BRAVO Million Dollar Listing
  • BRAVO Real Housewives
  • Casa Cerrado
  • Circle
  • Comedy Movies
  • Comedy TV
  • Crisley
  • Dateline 24/7
  • Drama TV
  • Great Finds
  • Hallmark Channel
  • Hallmark Drama
  • Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
  • Hells Kitchen
  • Hit Blockbuster Movies
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Law & Order
  • LOL! Network
  • NBC Boston News
  • NBC Chicago News
  • NBC Lx News
  • NBC Los Angeles News
  • NBC New York News
  • NBC News Now
  • NBC Philadelphia News
  • NBC South Florida News
  • NBC Sports
  • NFL Channel
  • One Chicago
  • Out of this world
  • Peacock Picks Family
  • Peacock REALITY
  • Premier League
  • Race Against Crime
  • Rotten Tomatoes Movie Channel
  • Sky News
  • Sitcom Staples
  • SNL Vault
  • Snapped
  • T Al Día
  • The Office
  • This Old House
  • Today All Day
  • True Crime
  • Unresolved Mysteries
  • Watch This Week
  • WWE Network
  • Witching Hour

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 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.