Monday, November 28, 2022

NBC local on Peacock, update

It was announced earlier this month that local NBC channels were beginning to appear on Peacock. At the time, my local NBC affiliate wasn't available. But that was weeks ago. What about now?

Well, I'm still not getting local NBC. And from what I'm able to tell, many others aren't as well.

It seems that the rollout isn't quite as staggered as I thought. I was expecting that some would get it along and along, as part of a steady rollout, with the last ones having it by end of the month.

Turns out I was overly optimistic about the whole thing. Peacock did roll out NBC affiliate access to some markets, but it was only a few markets that got it. They have been saving up until November 30 for the rest.

The good news is that's only a couple of days away. So, if you haven't received local NBC on Peacock yet, know that in a couple of days you will.

The bad news, for me anyway, is that I upped my subscription after the rollout started, and for the past three weeks, haven't received the channel.

You see, in order to get the local channel, you have to subscribe to Peacock Premium Plus. That's only $10/month, as compared to the $5/month plan for Peacock Premium. Or, for Xfinity Internet customers, $5/month, since those customers get Peacock Premium included with their service.

The Premium Plus plan gets me lots of ad-free on-demand content, but the whole ad-free thing doesn't matter to me. I'm grown, and I'm cheap. I can deal with ads to save some money. So the only reason I upgraded to Premium Plus was for the local NBC affiliate. I don't know if I'll keep it, but I do want to give it a serious look. That serious look won't start until later this week. I may have to resubscribe to the higher tier to give it a proper look, and I don't like that. But, like I said, I'm grown. I'll deal with it.

I'm looking forward to testing out local NBC as part of my Streaming Life. I don't know if I'll keep it, but I certainly am eager to give it a try.

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