NBCUniversal to Launch Standalone Streaming TV Service in 2020

Comcast's NBCUniversal is planning to launch its own ad-supported streaming television service in the first quarter of 2020, the company announced today.

The upcoming service will be available for free to anyone that subscribes to a traditional pay-TV service, including TV service from Comcast and its competitors, like Charter, AT&T, Cox, and Dish.


Customers that do not subscribe to a paid television service will need to pay a fee that's right around $12 per month to access NBC content.

Content will include 1,500 hours of NBC TV shows, like "Saturday Night Live" and "Parks and Recreation, hundreds of hours of Universal movies, and live TV-like news and sports. NBC plans to air between three to five minutes of ads per hour of programming, with the aim to make $5 per month for every user on advertising alone.
"One of the interesting things about this that makes it different and innovative is that we'll have a big emphasis on free-to-consumer," Burke said. "We want to create a platform that has significant scale and can scale quickly. The best way to do that, is make it free to consumers and leverage the fact that NBCUniversal's sister company is a cable company and now owns Sky."
NBC still needs to sign deals with other pay-TV providers, something that it hasn't yet accomplished. Since it will be free for subscribers, though, NBC doesn't foresee issues with negotiations.

Though NBC is planning its own streaming service, the company says it will not be "aggressively" pulling back shows and movies it has licensed to other streaming services.



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14 weeks ago
Hmm. Subscribing to 15 different streaming services is beginning to make cable look cheap.
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14 weeks ago
First of all, screw this new subscription for everything trend. Second of all, if The Office gets taken off of Netflix because of this, I will riot.
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14 weeks ago
At this rate, with all these separate streaming services, looks I'll be sailing the high seas once again
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14 weeks ago
And this is why piracy will always be a thing. No one wants 1000 subscriptions
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14 weeks ago


Everyone said they wanted to be able to choose their content... instead of being locked into dreaded bundles.

Well here ya go... :p
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14 weeks ago
It will be interesting to see who succeeds and who fails with these new subscribe to all the networks apps scheme. I have Netflix, Hulu, and rotate between stars/showtime/hbo theoughout the year. I already want to cut that down. At a certain point people will have to pick and some of these networks are going to realize most of their crap isn’t gonna cut it. NBC has plenty of goods to stay afloat but many other networks won’t.

I’m thinking this summer I’m gonna cancel all of them and go antenna only for minimal tv.
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14 weeks ago
It’s not just the pricing that is an issue, it’s all the inconvenience of having to download and hop from app to app to find something you want to watch. And hop from app to app even trying to find your show if it’s moved to a different service. And learning the different interface. And the different expiration date rules that a different service might have. It’s all just completely annoying.
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14 weeks ago
This isn’t coming out until next year. I understand the license agreements may take some time, but why so long? CBS has their app up and running for sometime now. I do pay for that one since it has a lot of old programs I like, and it was worth the $3 or $4 more to never have to watch commercials.

I agree though that I don’t want to pay for a bunch of these apps. Soon it will make cable look cheap and easier to do!
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14 weeks ago

First of all, screw this new subscription for everything trend. Second of all, if The Office gets taken off of Netflix because of this, I will riot.


Agreed on the subscriptions for everything statement. This is complete BS as they are not going to keep their content elsewhere because it will make this venture less successful; so prepare for the slow withdrawal of content.

I’ll keep prime because I literally buy stuff from amazon daily and use the shipping. Netflix has maybe 3 shows I like but they long ago stopped being useful when they pushed for their own content and stopped paying for rights to grade A titles/shows. I am grandfathered into the $35 direct tv now price, but I use it so little I am not sure why I have it...not to mention the $35 is now $40ish as they raised the price.

I have an antenna and use the channels app. It’s 90% of what I watch and it cost $8 a month for the DVR service. HDHomeRun has a premium tv service that can record to channels DVR as well. I gave that a quick try, but they are still working to improve the quality of the streams (not yet worth it).

I really want to see the new Star Trek, but I refuse the pay CBS for their streaming service. My fear is others will follow in CBS footsteps as start releasing exclusive context for their streaming services and eventually having an antenna will have no value either.

It’s going to be a crappy next few years as every major channel will demand $15 for its content. Cable will again become cheaper and people will revert to cable again. Networks will raise prices which will be passed on to us. Rinse and repeat.

Apple is not immune either. Their venture to make original content is so incredibly stupid. It may help their bottom line, but it is only going to create more fragmentation and cost for us the consumers. Apple should have bought T-Mobile and Netflix years ago and forced service providers down the same path as they did with music. Alas, Steve is gone.
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14 weeks ago
Any show with ads is automatically something I’m not willing to pay to watch. I do not miss the major networks content, and I would rather give up watching TV altogether as subject myself to ads. I will never pay for ad supported content ever.

Also: Letting cable subscribers access the content with no additional fee is not the same thing as “Free”.
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