Universal’s Netflix rival will be called Peacock: first details

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Expect lots of movies and TV reboots as Universal announces its Netflix rival.

Well, crikey, they’re all at it. It seems that most major studios – Disney, Warner Bros and now Universal – have decided that what we all most need in our life is another monthly subscription fee for another monthly streaming service.

Even outside of traditional studios, Apple is getting in on the act. And Universal has just unveiled the name of its own service, and teased some of what we’ll get on it.

The name, as you probably worked out from this article’s title, is Peacock.

On the movie side, you can expect original movies to be made by Universal Pictures, Focus Features and DreamWorks Animation for Peacock.

On the TV side, there’s a fresh Battlestar Galactica reboot on the way, Demi Moore starring in new drama Brave New World, a reboot of Saved By The Bell (not starring Demi Moore, that one), and endless repeats of popular NBC comedy shows (The Office, Parks & Recreation, 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Pricing as of yet hasn’t been confirmed, but we do know that it’ll be launching in April of 2021. We’re promised 15,000 hours of ‘content’ for launch day.

When we get more details of a UK launch, we’ll let you know. Nothing so far, though.

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