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Peacock Premium Has Commercials, Depending on How Much You Pay

If you want an ad-free Peacock experience then you’ll have to pay more for the Premium Plus plan.

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Peacock Premium does come with commercials, although subscribers can choose to pay more each month to remove the ads. The streaming service is available in three tiers that, not only vary on content, but also on commercials.

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Peacock launched nationwide in July 2020 with three different plan options available. The basic Peacock plan is completely free, but it is limited on how many show episodes and movies are available to watch. In addition, the free plan also includes commercials.

For those that want unlimited access to everything Peacock has to offer, there’s the Peacock Premium plan. However, this plan comes in two different flavors and ad breaks is the main defining difference between them.

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Peacock Premium with and without ads

A standard Peacock Premium subscription costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 if subscribing to the annual plan. For that price, subscribers gain access to every show episode and movie, as well as live sports, including Premier League without restrictions.

However, the standard Peacock Premium subscription is not an ad-free plan, so subscribers will still see commercials before, after, and possibly during a video.

For those that want a completely ad-free Peacock experience then the only option is the Peacock Premium Plus plan. This is the most premium subscription currently offered by Peacock and costs $9.99 per month, or $99.99 if paying annually. It is also the only plan that totally removes the ads.

Peacock Premium commercials caveats

Xfinity Flex and Xfinity X1 customers, as well as select Cox Internet customers, are eligible for a free Peacock Premium subscription. However, this is the standard $4.99 per month Peacock Premium plan. As a result, customers getting Peacock Premium for free should still expect to see commercials when watching shows and movies. That’s unless they opt to pay the additional $5 per month to upgrade their subsidized subscription to Peacock Premium Plus.

Even when paying the $9.99 per month for Premium Plus, there is still the possibility that commercials will be encountered. Although this is an ad-free plan, and the only difference between the $4.99 and $9.99 subscriptions, Peacock does make it clear that some content may still include ads, due to streaming rights.

According to the service, “Peacock channels, events, and a few shows and movies” are examples of when ads might be shown to Premium Plus subscribers.

Peacock Premium commercials summary

Peacock offers a free, Premium and Premium Plus plan. The $9.99 per month Premium Plus plan is the only subscription that offers a totally ad-free experience. However, paying extra for the Premium Plus plan does not guarantee that all content will be available without commercials, although the vast majority will be.

It is also worth noting that the removal of ads is the only difference between the two Premium plans, with both offering the same unlimited access to shows and movies.

Overall, if the inclusion of ads is not a deal-breaker, then subscribers are likely to be best off going with the cheaper $4.99 per month Premium subscription. When opting for the cheaper, ad-supported Premium plan, subscribers always have the option to upgrade to Peacock Premium Plus and remove the ads, if they feel the commercials are not worth the additional discount. Although, subscribers that have prepaid for Peacock Premium for the year ahead may find upgrading harder to do.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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