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Peacock: How to Download on Roku & Start Streaming

It may have taken some time, but Peacock and Roku are now playing nicely with each other.

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Peacock is now available to download on Roku devices. Owners of a compatible Roku player or TV can either install the Peacock channel directly through the ‘Add channel’ option on the Roku device or by sending it to a Roku device through the Roku Channel Store’s website. Once installed and downloaded, Roku device owners can stream all the NBCUniversal shows and movies available with their subscription.

Peacock launched in the U.S. in July, following a brief period where it was only available to Xfinity customers. At the time of launch, Peacock came with support for most major platforms, except Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The NBCUniversal streaming service is still yet to gain support for Fire TV devices, but Roku device owners can now download the Peacock channel and start streaming.

How to download Peacock on Roku

There are two main ways to add Peacock to a Roku player with the easiest option being to install the channel directly from the device.

How to add Peacock to Roku
Add Peacock from the Roku player or TV

Download Peacock on Roku device:

  1. Select “Add Channels” from the Home screen
  2. Look for Peacock under “Featured” or use “Search Channels”
  3. Click on Peacock
  4. Select “Add channel”
  5. Click on “OK”

While easy enough, the alternate option is to send Peacock to a Roku device directly from the Roku Channel Store website.

Peacock on Roku channel store website
Add Peacock from the Roku Channel Store

Send Peacock to Roku device:

  1. Visit the Roku Channel Store
  2. Type “Peacock” into the search bar (direct link)
  3. Click on Peacock
  4. Click on “Add Channel”
  5. Sign in with Roku login details when prompted
  6. Confirm add channel

Regardless of how the Peacock app is installed on a Roku device, consumers do have the option of creating a new account in the app. As Peacock offers a completely free tier, consumers can simply add an email and set up a password in the app and immediately start streaming.

To make any changes to an account or to upgrade to one of the paid plans, Peacock users will need to visit and sign in through the main Peacock website.

Which Peacock plan is best?

Peacock offers three main plan options with the cheapest being free. As to be expected with a free tier, this one comes with the least amount of movies and shows, and is also supported through the use of ads.

The second option is Peacock Premium. This plan costs $4.99 per month and opens up the content gates with Premium subscribers able to stream any and all of the content available through Peacock, without any restrictions. However, the Peacock Premium plan is also supported with ads.

For those looking for the ultimate Peacock experience, then the $9.99 Premium Plus subscription might be the one. While the price does increase from $5 to $10 per month, the Peacock Premium Plus tiers provides ad-free and unlimited access to everything available on Peacock.

PlanPriceUnlimitedAd-Free
PeacockFreeXX
Premium$4.99X
Premium Plus$9.99

Considering Peacock does offer a free access tier, the best option for Roku device owners is to start with the free standard subscription. Those who are in need of more content, or access to live sports, can simply upgrade to either the ad-free or ad-supported Premium plan when ready.

Download Peacock on Roku summary

Although it has taken its time in arriving, Peacock is now available to download on any Roku player or TV. Actually installing the Peacock channel is simple to do and can either be done directly through the device or via the Roku Channel Store website.

Once downloaded, Roku users can sign up for a free Peacock account in the app and start streaming. Alternatively, they can upgrade their account through the Peacock website to one one of the paid Premium accounts.

Read more: How to cancel a Peacock streaming subscription

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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